Then, I have to write it. I start off well, like a racehorse with a temporary spurt of energy, full of enthusiasm for my characters and where the plot is going. Inevitably, after a night of writing I go back to day to day life and suddenly a newer, better idea springs to my mind and clogs it up, blocking out the possibility of ever focusing on other ideas because this one is just too good!
Rinse and repeat.
Finally, finally, I managed to finish a 30,000 word ebook that I ended up being very proud of, called Salvatore. A fantasy story with a teenage girl as a main character who doesn't mind working to keep her family, who loves mushrooms and is suspiciously immune to fire, who has been trained with a sword from a young age and has oodles of ambition and heart. All without the typical teenage girlishness of "my hair isn't perfect so I refuse to leave the house today!" or "Ohmygod, he is the fittest boy I've ever seen, I must flutter my eyelashes in an attractive way immediately!"
I can't actually remember what inspired me to write about Alexa, but when I started plotting and drafting, it all just seemed to fit. I wrote three pages of a general storyline I expected to last one book, but after 30,000 words I only just got past the third sentence. So now Alexa has expanded to probably at least three books, if not more. This time feels different, rather than being a character on a piece of paper, in my mind I can really see her, and I know what choices she would make and because of that the plot flows around her and her two best friends trying to survive against the surmountable circumstances thrown at them, rather than being a static plot that might not stay true to her character, which develops with the story.
All in all, I'm very happy at the moment and I'm about a quarter of the way through writing a sequel, called Salvatore: Book Two. I've written a very loose basis for the story, but I know Alexa, Olin and Rocco will help me with the direction they want to go in, the adventures they fancy enjoying, the lands they want to explore. So I'll say goodbye now, Salvatore is calling and a celebration is about to occur...
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