Friday, April 28, 2023

When Your Main Character Organizes a Hostile Takeover of Your Novel By Connie Vines #Plotting a Novel", #Surprise Storyline #BWL Insider Author Blog

 Here I sit, night 3, in my cluttered office, excitedly plotting my contemporary novella.

I have the setting, the theme, and the plot points, and I'm fleshing out my primary and secondary characters. 

And then. Pow! I hear a voice. (Yes, writers listen to voices).

My main character doesn't like her name and is angry because I don't 'get' her. That's a bit combative, unlike the helpful information my characters give me. 

She also informed me she liked what I ate for lunch today. (That's a bit creepy 😲) FYI, She prepares her salad the night before, storing the toppings and dressing in separate containers.

Kale and Lettuce Salad w/ Smoked Salmon 
 rice croutons and almonds 
I wander into the kitchen to brew another cup of coffee.

Who cares if it's midnight? It's not like I can sleep anytime soon (probably for the rest of the week).

Fresh Start. Sigh 

Then it dawns on me πŸ˜’I listen to music when I write. I just know my primary character has a favorite artist 🎀🎹🎸🎼. Since I subscribe to Apple Music, I pick up my phone and look at what's featured.

Chanel, Gavin, and I now listen to Rosanne Cash: Deep Cuts Album.

My Heronie's theme song:" God is in the Roses." 

As the music plays on, I find her sharing her internal struggle.

Which is different from what I envisioned. An internal struggle that I didn't was true, what she said.  I really didn't get her.

I like my newest heroine. She made me laugh and cry a little.

Soon, I hope, she will share her name and secrets with me, too.

My current project boards

My blog post (in progress)

Chanel (Gavin sent himself to bed 🐾⏰)

Fragrance is a sensory signature, an extension of your personality, an aura of glamor and mystery, and ultimately feminine. 

What are your favorite Christmas scents?

What scent would you select if you could capture a fragrance in candle form? 

What fragrance do you wear during holiday events?

What fragrance would you love to try? Why?


A gift from my brother and sister-in-law.
Yes, I do run on caffeine and often sarcasm.

Remember, I have yet to answer any of the questions listed above. I'm eager to find out what my readers have to say. 

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Connie Vines, Author 

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Happy Reading,

Connie Vines


  1. I love it when my characters take over. That's when I know I'm on to something. The story is really coming to life.

  2. Characters often take over but before I write the book, I've been living their life for weeks or manbe months. Pine for a scent at Christmas. I've candles with that aroma.

  3. My characters sometimes reveal themselves later in the story. Then I have to go back to the beginning and modify their personality from the start. It's a lot of work, but so exciting. It just happened in my WIP with my villainess. I am over the moon. She is so cool. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love it when the main character is stronger than the author. Responding to the character's 'inner' voice makes the book that much stronger.


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