Backstory Development

Hello!  I have let my writing slide for several weeks now.  Granted, I’ve been busy with the house hunt.  But when I don’t write, I feel… guilty.  I also feel empty.  Like there is a piece of me that’s missing.  So I recognize that I have this Need to write.

I’ve had a WIP for several years.  You may have seen me mention it here and there in posts.  I’ve started this book over from scratch 3 TIMES!!   I actually think that I may start it from scratch again.  ….sigh.   I know, crazy.  Right?

What keeps me coming back to this same story is the Meat of it.  The Heart of it.  THAT is the story worth telling here.  The rest of it is all crap.

The Backstory.

I read articles about character development.  I’ve read that if you don’t care about your characters, no one else will either.  If their lives are not interesting, why will anyone want to read your book?  If I’m reading along and the story bores me, I put the book down!  I may or may not pick it up again.

So here are my questions:  How do you develop the backstory of your characters?  Do you have a process in place that you use?  Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!  ❤ ❤ ❤  

Thanks, as always, for the help, support, and love I received from each of you! Penny 


Drafts, Worthy or Crap?

This is a follow up to my last post.  It’s not that I’m not writing.  I am!  It’s just that what I’m writing is crap!  I get this great inspiration to start something, I go at it and then… I fizzle out.

Here’s what I’ve got going:

  1. A short story about a limo driver that drives for a Mafia boss.  He falls in love with the boss’s wife and begins an affair.

2. A post about my many name changes. – Kind of a follow up to me changing the name of my blog.

3. A post about Introverts and how the word “Introvert” is misinterpreted.

4. “No good deed goes unpunished.”  A short story about good intentions that go wrong.

5. A prompt I saw-“a 60 year old photo”.

6. Another prompt I saw-“someone that should be in jail”.

All of these things are in various stages of draft.  So I AM writing.  Each one of these things have the potential to be good, but I’ve run into problems with every stinkin’ one of them!

I’ve never had this happen to me before.  Yes, once on a while something I start doesn’t work out.  But this is just crazy!

Suggestions?  Ideas?



It’s a Miracle!

It’s a miracle that I got any writing done this weekend.  It seems that every time I turned around, I was looking at something else that needed to be done at the house.  But I did my best to stay focused and was able to punch out several more pages!

My story is continuing to amaze and delight me.  It has developed twists that I never saw coming.  I hope the readers will see it that way too!

The story has turned out to be much darker than I originally thought it was going to be.  Which is a pretty big surprise for me.  I knew I wanted suspense, but this?  Wow!  I’m starting to ask myself “where did that come from?”.

So I wanted to keep you, my Sweet Cheerleader Squad, posted as to my progress.  I’m hanging in there!  I may not win any races, but in the end I’m going to have a damned good story!  And that is a small miracle!   🙂