Once more Marilyn Meredith visits my blog with another new book. She’s at just under forty published books now, which seems an amazing feat to me for any author. In her post today she talks about her writing process. Thanks to anyone who stops by and hopefully leaves a comment. Wish each of you a great rest of the week. Linda Thorne
My Writing Process
by Marilyn Meredith
Many writers develop a chapter by chapter outline containing the scenes they plan to write. Though this seems like a logical process, it’s one I’ve never been able to use.
Because I write a series, I already have a group of on-going characters—characters that I know quite well. I keep 3 X 5 cards with information about each one on them—a process I started long ago.
When I’m starting a new book in the series, I begin thinking about who would be a good murder victim. In the case of Unresolved I decided it would be a good idea to kill the person who was the main reason Rocky Bluff P.D. was underfunded. As the ideas began to flow I also came up with all the people who might have wanted this person dead and why.
With new characters, I move to a notebook where I decide on their names and jot down facts about them—who they are, how they look, some back story, and their possible motives if they might be a suspect.
One I get that far I usually decide to begin the book with the death of the victim—always a good place to start.
From there on, I write. While I’m writing, I try to keep a timeline of sorts—what days things are happening. Also, as I’m writing, ideas pop into my head. To make sure I don’t forget them, I jot them down in the notebook I keep next to my computer. I also write down loose ends that need to be tied up at some point.
This might not be the easiest way to do it, but it works for me. And I usually have cup of chai tea close at hand.
Rocky Bluff P.D. is underpaid and understaffed and when two dead bodies turn up, the department is stretched to the limit. The mayor is the first body discovered, the second an older woman whose death is caused in a bizarre manner. Because no one liked the mayor, including his estranged wife and the members of the city council, the suspects are many, but each one has an alibi.
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Bio: F. M. Meredith lived for many years in a small beach community much like Rocky Bluff. She has many relatives and friends who are in law enforcement and share their experiences and expertise with her. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/
Tomorrow, April 27, it’s all about My Exciting Life as an Author. Hope to talk to you there at: