Then I had to stop for some research. Yeah, I know what you're thinking...that I wasted time on Facebook or surfing the net, checking and reading blogs. Well, I might have checked a couple, BUT I really did have to do some research. I spent about an hour or so on it before getting back to writing.
Storywise I have to tell you things did not go as planned. My writing style is a cross between a plotter and a pantser - like a hybrid. I know how the story will play out but I don't know all the twists and turns to get there.
When I started writing this morning, I planned to have the villain shoot at Dyler and Hayley today. It didn't happen. That's where the research came in. I used a different venue to bring them to a nerve shattering moment which ends with Dyler's arms around Hayley in comfort.
You see, I figured if someone shot at them now, only a quarter of the way into the book, it would bring the cops into the picture and Dyler and Hayley would have to hand over their findings to local authorities. As a cop herself, Hayley would be warned to stay away from the re-opened case due to conflict of interest. That's no fun. But the way it stands now, Dyler and Hayley are the only ones with suspicions and can do their investigations without giving themselves away. Or so they think.
As I was writing, I kept hearing the villain make these smart remarks as he covertly watched Dyler and Hayley follow the 5 yr old trail. Finally this afternoon, I got so tired of hearing the villain's voice, that I went back to my story and at the appropriate places, I wrote the villain's POV and left it there in red letters so I can find it quickly. This was new for me. I don't usually write the part of the villain and yet the words, thoughts and actions just flowed across the page. I don't know where they came from and I'm cringing to think they're actually my thoughts, but they're on paper. And do you know something? He's kind of creepy. In a maniacal sort of way. (shudder)
Are you a plotter, a pantser, or a hybrid? Do you hear the voices of your characters nagging at you until you commit them to paper? Or do you ignore them and stay the plot?
Come on...talk to me...