I love to go into a novel not knowing exactly where it might lead me. For me, that’s one of the joys of writing.
I’ve just discovered a new benefit to this method as well! For me anyway… I mean, I never go into a novel thinking ‘oh yeah, I think I might broach this slightly out there topic, oh and this one too.’ But when I don’t plan for it, and it smacks me in the face, I feel like I’ve been given an opportunity to push myself in ways that I hadn’t thought of before.
When I sat down and started writing Following Faith, I never said – lets write a book about a cult, and the things people might do when they are in that kind of environment’, it just occurred, naturally, out of where the story began.
The same thing has happened with TCM – no, not cults this time – some other things I never thought I’d write about. The beauty of it is that it’s risen out of the story. I was faced with the opportunity to go where it initially led me and write something I never thought I would, or I could have chosen something simpler.
As tempted as I was to find a safer option, I went with the more complex problem, the one that will challenge me, and ultimately, the one I feel will be better for the story. Once again on my discovery mission I’ve been given the opportunity to push myself in directions I never would have thought of. Now it’s just a matter of pulling it off 😉 And I think I can. I’m looking forward to trying anyway.