What Would Happen If There Was a Character Like…
Welcome back to Atonement, TN everyone. Come on out to play!
Are you ready for a little game? It doesn’t require a special arena, equipment, or athletic ability — and it doesn’t cost a cent.
How My Writing Process Begins a New Story
Have you ever played What If? Probably not, since that’s my own little speculative free-thinking game. If I heard something quirky in the news, or if I heard about some “breakthrough” that left everyone scratching their heads as to its usefulness, I liked to use it to start a conversation with a friend.
I’d take the headline a step further and ask, “So what if…” this or that. The other person would throw out a potential next step, and we’d go on with the “what if” getting wilder and more imaginative as we went, although it would still trace back to the original headline or concept. I even did a post about it a couple of years ago. It created some fun conversations — some bubbles of what-if.
Ultimately, “what if” is how all of my stories start, from short story to epic fantasy. When I was ready to lay the groundwork to build book-2, Atonement in Bloom, I again read the Celtic/Welsh mythology that loosely inspired book-1. As I read about something the mythological Gwydion fab Don did for another personage in that myth, the image of a new character came into my mind. (If you want more of a clue than that, you’ll have to read the myth.) I’m talking about the same character you’ve read about in the 79 word story with Lilith the calico.
What if there was someone like the character that came to mind? The first what if bubbled into more questions. What sort of person would she be? Would she be bad, good, or just a sort of device to drive the new plot?
The chain of what if had begun! What if her presence effected the town? How? If she did have some sort of magical influence, who would be effected and who might be immune? Why? What would be the result of either?
As I progressively answered each of the questions that rose from my first “what if,” the character became real to me. Because of the what if, some existing characters from Atonement, Tennessee grew in depth — in good ways and in bad ways.
The initial “what if” added two other new supernaturals to the cast of characters. The chain of what if also brought a character from the short story, An Atonement, Tennessee Valentine, and the short became tied securely to Atonement in Bloom. I sure wasn’t expecting that to happen!
Most importantly, early on that first what if led me to see the most significant what if of all…
What if, in the midst of a December snow — Atonement, Tennessee came into bloom?
Now, here’s one last what if… What if some flowers were edible? How would you serve them? Oh, but wait! Some flowers really are edible! Pay a visit to the delightful Sprinkle Bakes, a Baking and Desserts Blog. Follow the links to a recipe.
Spring Flower Lollipops
To those of you in the USA, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving. I know many of you will be cooking things much more delicious and complicated than a bit of candy.
Each and every one of you has my heartfelt gratitude for reading and following my little blog. I’m thankful for you.
And thanks again for visiting Atonement, TN. It was wonderful to see you. Come out to play What If by leaving a comment!
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