Yes, my blog has been bare. I took a two month hiatus to draft a contemporary Christian romance. That’s what the genre is…but that’s not how the story came about.
It started on one of my runs. A woman was complaining, saying it was all her mother’s fault she was a romance addict because her mother named her Juliet. She swore she was a star-crossed lover before she was born.
But just because I had a character didn’t mean I had a story. I had realized with my last two thrillers that concept is more important than story. High concept – a series of events that happens to a particular person with a particular result – must appeal to the masses, not a handful of people. That’s why I resisted writing anything about Juliet until much, much later.
I needed a series of events that happened to a particular person with a particular result that appealed to many people.
I needed a concept.
Backwards writing. That’s what I was learning how to do. I would sell a concept then write the story.
I sat down and wrote a one line pitch. Then a one page summary.
I sent out queries based on a book I had not yet written to see if it was worth writing.
Now I’m pedaling backward fast…churning out a novel and editing the first sample pages so literary agents can judge whether or not they think I should finish it.
It’s an experiment in backwards writing…but since forward writing hasn’t paid off, it’s worth the risk, isn’t it?