HAVE A NOTEBOOK AT ALL TIMES
Do you have a notebook, or a plethora of notebooks to hand when inspiration for writing strikes?
All it took was just a sentence popping unbidden into my mind:
‘While picking blackberries in the hedgerows one day, I found a dice.’
CHOOSE AN UNUSUAL PROTAGONIST
I had already decided to write about a homeless person but wanted to choose an unlikely character, This one sentence was the perfect lead to my protagonist, Dot. Picking blackberries is second nature to her and thus she would be a ‘jam making women’s institute sort of lady’, the sort who you might pass unnoticed in the street. If a lady like that who hadn’t done anyone any harm, well almost, became homeless, straightaway I felt that the reader would feel empathy towards Dot when her husband went missing.
Then I began to think of her back story. Holding the dice which I had found one day it struck me to be a fantastic tool for Dot’s memories while she was trying to recover from the breakdown of all she had known. (Her memories were not personal ones to me by the way, except maybe one, but I’m not going to admit which one.)
No one deserves to have their life destroyed, but what sums up the overriding question in Dot’s mind as she tries to make sense of it all. Life is never fair but
Is Life Just a Roll of a Dice?’
My subtitle came to life.
The scene of picking blackberries could be an idyllic one, but in Dot’s case it was a means for survival, to glean from the countryside. What was it like to survive when homeless.
This led to the main themes in my novel, as explored in previous blogs, leading to further tension and miscommunication.
Mixed race relationships
Prejudice, racism and acceptance
Thus, finding a dice in the hedgerows gave me a sentence.
Out of the sentence came the protagonist, back story and major setting.
This allowed me to develop my plan, including themes pertinent to my story.
What originally inspired you to write your latest novel?
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