While my new book 'Halo Moon' is almost ready for the copy editing stage, I am trying to develop ideas for Book 3. Coming up with new ideas is REALLY HARD!!! For 'Starman', Rorty was the first character to appear in my mind and I knew exactly where the story would be set. In Halo Moon, I knew immediately there would be three characters and one would have a really long journey to make and I was very familiar with the setting.
This time, for Book 3, I received a VISION! I won't tell you what the vision was exactly because it would give too much away (and it could change as I develop the story further), but it was really intriguing and I think you're going to love it! After the vision, two characters came into my head and started talking to each other. I was also able to imagine where they both lived. Then, overnight, the characters changed location from the original and rather boring English town to the SEASIDE! I have to say I'm quite pleased about that because sea and coast and islands and cliffs will be a far more interesting place. Also overnight, one of the characters changed her appearance and now gets around on an unusual bike. It's like they have minds of their own!
So you can see, sometimes ideas for stories just seem to parachute into our heads and the best thing to do when that happens is to write them down straightaway. What you can do then is to ask some questions: What does this character want? Is there anything bothering them? What has changed in their lives that they have to fix? Where do they live? What places and people and things are around them? Stories always have problems of one sort or another, things that change. These don't have to be huge changes or severe problems, but they have to be something that affects the character enough that they want to do something about it. This is what I'll be thinking about for my two new characters in the coming weeks.