I get what I call "glimmers" of a story -- especially at the beginning. In fact, I don't start a book unless I have a vague notion of what I'm trying to accomplish.
I purposely don't explore these "glimmers" when they come to me until the day comes when I sit down and write them. Every book needs a strong glimmer, and every chapter needs at least a small glimmer.
Anyway, as I've been saying, I've been a loose ends for three whole days. I want to write a sequel to Death of an Immortal, but I wasn't getting anything.
Then I decided I would place the main character in Crescent City California, where Linda and I often go for vacation. (She grew up there.) And this morning, I got a very strong glimmer of how I want the story to start.
So, subconscious, you had to wander in the wilderness for all of three days...
Later, I got another idea, but after letting it glimmer for awhile, it started to fade. It wasn't the right approach -- it felt wrong. Maybe later in the story.
When I wrote Death of an Immortal, the theme was very much about redemption, and the plot was constructed in a way to explore that theme.
So I'd like to have an equally strong theme for the next book.
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