Friday, October 18, 2019

Was Writing Your Story Hijacked?

What unique situations have occurred in the writing process of any of your novels? Things where what you planned changed or the direction you thought the story was on deviated or transmuted?

This is a challenging topic. So many of my stories changed directions in the writing. Maybe the one that changed the most was Missing - Luke’s Story. Dr. Allie Parsons is a big city New York doctor with personal and family challenges she preferred not to face. It started out she was going to make a quick trip to a small town to make a doctor pay for his treatment of a girlfriend. During the writing the story morphed. Allie found the small-town doctor was kind, caring and never hurt anyone. The small town was friendly, welcomed her and accepted her. The doctor and has family enveloped her into their warm, normal family.  Nothing like the story I was going to write. Somehow the characters had their own version I was supposed to tell.

Hunted, developed a grove of ancient trees on a ranch where the spirits of Native American chiefs hung out and talked to the owner of the ranch. I have no idea where that came from but it shows up in all the Hawkins’ ranch series, now.
I’m looking forward to the unique situations other authors have written about. Come with me and check them out.


  1. I'm so sorry I didn't get your name, but I've now posted it to my blog. Both Missing and Hunted sound interesting. It is surprising how characters can change your plans.

  2. Isn't is great when your characters become so endearing they start telling their own stories?

  3. Two of my stories were 'hijacked' by secondary characters....Family Secrets, out now as a part of the Bad Decisions Anthology, was supposed to be about a woman who moves back home to rebuild her life after a messy divorce....but somewhere around page 3, her younger brother revealed an awful secret that happened to him ten years before and the story became all about HIM. In Kira's Slice of Pizza (book #4 of my Sci-Fi Rom series The Chosen), Kira's former lover was not so willing to give her up completely, and halfway through the book, he went rogue on me. So now the 5th book has to be about him, to see if he stays on the 'dark side', or will get his redemption. Still only on Ch. 1 of this, so have a long ways to go:)

    Great topic, Beverly!

    1. Molly, how very cool. Both stories sound great. You've go to love those rogue characters. Thanks for sharing and good luck with wherever Book 5 takes you.

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