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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
PLOTTING AND DEVELOPMENT - HISTORICAL ROMANCE - MARGARET TANNER
HOW DO I COME UP WITH A PLOT AND DEVELOP MY
Because I love Australian history, in fact
all history, plots abound in my fertile imagination, but I do seem to get my
best plot ideas in the middle of the night. I write them down, (pen and paper
by my bed), so I won’t forget them. I usually take a historical event to use as
my main background and then manufacture some catastrophic, life changing event
for the main characters. What could they do to stop it? How will it change them
and those around them?
I develop my characters to fit in with the
era I am writing about. I normally don’t write character profiles, except for
the briefest of outlines, but I try to walk in their shoes so to speak, and to
get inside their head.
My heroines are resourceful, not afraid to
fight for her family and the man she loves. I want my readers to be cheering
for her, willing her to obtain her goals, to overcome the obstacles put in her
way by rugged frontier men. For my heroes, I like them to be dark and tortured.
They might be seeking revenge, trying to consolidate their fortunes, but all of
them will have something in their backgrounds, some dark deed that has tainted
their lives. As for my villains, I like them to be evil with no redeeming
features. I want the reader to dislike them like I do.
If a reader contacts me to say how she despises some villainous beast of a man in one of my stories, it pleases me. I don't know why, but the villains in my stories are mostly men. Perhaps it is because men in the eras in which I set my books, had total control over their daughters, sisters and wives, and many of these men used their power to dominate the women in their lives. Sad but true. But, never fear, in my stories the hero always comes to the rescue of the damsel in distress.
Robbed of his birthright and falsely accused of murder, American Jake Smith, is
exiled to the penal colony of Australia.