How does your story bloom?

What starts as a small bud, grows, expands and burst forth in color, texture and smell.

Writing a book is like that. An idea will come to me and it sits dormant for days, weeks and sometimes months. 

Then it nudges my conscience it wants to come out into the world, want to be real. Little by little it grows, the setting comes to life, the characters change their hair color and sometimes their names.Today my character’s name is Serena and she has red hair.

Then a chapter gets written and the smell of that first draft is not as sweet smelling as I would like. 

Back to the key board I go and try again and again until it feel like I have the colors, texture and smells just right. The story bud blooms into a novel. 

I haven’t been able to work as fast as the lilac bush does. 

What about you how does your story bloom?

About Diana Brandmeyer

Christian author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer writes historical and contemporary romances set from the Midwest to the Mountains. She’s written Mind of Her Own, Frontier Legacy Brides, Small Town Brides, and A Time for Love, among others. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life. *affiliate links are used on this site. It won't cost you more but those extra pennies keep me stocked in tea, thank you!

8 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Diana,
    Love your analogy.

    Mine kinda spurts out, eager to see the new world, then needs water as it wilts.

    People get their hands on it, prune it, then the little babe has to go into shock, finally recover, and hopefully will produce much flowery in season.

    Sigh. And then it's all in God's hands.

    LOVEEEEED this.

  2. Aw, makes me miss the lilacs I had had my house last year.

    Don't forget the fertilizer! Plants need it, so do stories. Though I suspect what constitutes fertilizer is different for each story. And writer. 🙂

  3. Spencer, you still HAVE it, I read your blog!

    Liz, I like starting with characters. I seem to see a character doing something and then I have to learn about her–it is always a her! 🙂

  4. I create a character – I mean a character shows him or herself to me. I put them in a setting, give them a problem, and sit back and watch to see how they solve it. They often go off on their own tangents, but that's what makes writing fun.

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