I recently read James Scott Bell’s Super Structure and found it very helpful. I’ve always been a Panster and just wrote whatever came into my head rather than an Outliner who plotted every scene. Bell’s simple explanation of the 3 Act Structure really clicked with me. I mocked up my own chart and have been using it along with Dabble Writer to plot and write like crazy. I also read Bell’s book on writing Pulp Fiction. It was enlightening. The guys who cranked out those Noir stories in the Fifties wrote millions of words a year! I was inspired.
My first stab at the new plotting was Escape: Tansy Granger Book 1. I intend for this to be a series and have other stories simmering. Tansy is a prostitute and as she travels from town to town, as the girls did back then, she will right injustices she sees being done to other women.
After Tansy, I jumped back to Black Bayou and wrote a story I’d been thinking about for a while. I had a werewolf in my first Black Bayou story and I’d been thinking for a while about adding a vampire. I did just that in Bad Moon Rising. As soon as that went live on Amazon, I returned to another Western Romance I’d been toying with called Dolly. Dolly Stroud is sold to a brothel owner by her brother when the man buys up all the brother’s debt. Trace Anderson, Dolly’s next door neighbor, sets out to rescue her, but can he forget what he saw. Dolly is live on Amazon as well.
I’m currently working on what I hope to turn into a new series I’m calling The Barn-wood Builders Mysteries. A sister and brother have a business together they started in their father’s garage. They tear down old buildings and salvage the lumber to build furniture and crafts. The sister, however, is a Medium and can see ghosts. When she comes across ghosts in the buildings they are tearing down, she sees it as her calling to help them. She must solve their mysteries and find them justice so they can cross into the next plain and find peace.
I’m having fun with it and hope to have it on the market soon. I’ve been very busy and very productive. Thank you Mr. Bell!
Until the next time: Write On!