Keep Talking, Andy…..


I started a new book yesterday.  Now every time my mind is not specifically thinking about something else, plots and scenes keep running through my brain.  I find the creative process very interesting.  My muse, (I’m going to call him Andy,) works overtime when I’m writing.  Most of the time it is a very good thing, but sometimes I would like for Andy to stop talking to me.  I like being quiet at times, but not Andy. I can safely call him a motor mouth.

I have an advantage this go around that I didn’t have before.  I know my main characters very well since they were in The Tower.  Sam (shortened from Samantha ,) has a twin brother, Allan.  They share a psychic connection and are very close.  Sam works for Allan at IDEA (International Diagnostic Environmental Agency). Allan’s company investigates and recommends fixes for any environmental problem that affects people anywhere in the world.

Right now Andy is helping me to decide on what kind of character I want my protagonist to be. It is being said today that publishers are not only wanting a book with good, strong characters and strong plots but they also want a story with a hook (Whatever that means.) I will have to do some reading and find out more about that hook business.

I want to write the best book I can,  which means Andy and I will be spending a lot of time together of the next few months. Hopefully he will continue to talk to me as much as he does now because if he doesn’t, I may be in trouble. I may gripe about his constant talking but I know I need him to help me accomplish what I want to do.

  • Listening to our characters is the best way to go!!

  • Thanks for the comment. It’s funny how much our brains talk to us. As I said, sometimes I wish mine would stop. Have a great day. Shirley

  • ldsrr91 says:

    A hook, as I understand it, is that certain thing, an intangible, that keeps people interested and coming back for more.


    • Thank you for explaining it to me. I guess it was the way the article used it that confused me. It didn’t sound like a hook that you would use in your first paragraph. But at least now I do understand. Thanks again. Shirley

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