|Notes from my book, The Gallows Tree.
Technical issues with how watermills work and some brief characterisation.
This is an example of what I pin on the wall in front of me.
Eli L Sanne posted a question on Facebook:
First, do you start with the characters or a story idea?
Second, do you sketch out the characters and know who they are before you write.
Third, how do you know how important your secondary characters will be
Fourth, do you follow your notes from A to Z OR do you allow the characters to evolve and guide the story.
My answer which was instant and without thought was:
I totally make it all up as I go along… my secondary characters just happen… and my main characters grow as I write… I don't plan… I do research, and if I am writing a series book I have a sheet on the wall detailing characters from previous books, and scenes, and places… interesting question…
I do however, sketch out maps, like for the airport in Sanctuary 7, or as above for the Gallows Tree where I sketched out where things were in the village.