I've been working hard each day this week to find time to do a little work on my writing, even if it's just 15 minutes a day. Doesn't matter what I work on as long as I do something!
Tonight, I started thinking about my next Manziuk and Ryan Mystery. I know what the setting is (decided on that about 10 years ago, and refined it recently :0 ) and I know who the characters are, more or less. But I didn't know who the murder victim is or what the catalytic event that starts the story is or who the murderer is. Until tonight.
As I looked at my characters and tried to think who the victim should be, I suddenly realized that I needed one more character – and that person would be the victim. And then, in mere seconds, the entire story, from beginning to end, unfurled in my mind and I saw it all. I know the opening of the book and who the victim is and why and which of the other characters has a motive… Very cool!
Now all I have to do it write it.
Problem is, at 15 minutes a day, it might take a while. I may have to find a bit more time. I have to write it to find out who actually did it.