Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Ellen Hart writes:

How do you know when you’ve got a good idea for a mystery? Does a choir of angles start singing in your head? Do you feel as if you’ve been struck by lighting?


Esri Rose said...

I could use some of those angels. No, I don't know until I've roughly plotted it and then written ten pages. And that usually just tells me when it's NOT working. I guess the best sign is when it's reasonably enjoyable to write.

Have fun at Malice, those who are going!

J D Webb said...

An idea isn't worth a lick of chocolate if the story is poorly written. It all comes back to that. Everyone has ideas. A great story develops that idea to reach out and grab the reader. If the idea accomplishes that, it's a great one.

Pat said...

I have the greatest book -- "Secrets of the World's Best-Selling Writer."

It is a book showing how Erle Stanley Gardner came up with his plots for all those Perry Mason mysteries.

The part I found so helpful is when I open my notebook full of plot ideas and then take a cast of characters to see how they react in different plots.

Playing around with the characters and the different possible plots get the old juices flowing.

Marcia Talley said...

I hear something, read something, and it won't leave me alone. My first novel, Sing It To Her Bones, was based on a true case that happened in the late 60s in my husband's hometown in far western KY. That case had a very unsatisfactory ending. Years later, I was able to set things right, at least on the printed page.

Sheila Connolly said...

I "see" it, when a story works. It may come out of nowhere, or it may be in the midst of conversation with someone else, but if it's right I can see in unfolding in my head. There's an almost physical "click" when that happens.