Tuesday, August 09, 2011
So I need to stimulate my imagination and break down the walls confining me. Not an easy task since some of those walls are self-imposed. For instance, if I'm to write about England, the book needs to be set between 1750-1850. That's just how my head works. So I have this fun idea tickling my brain for the 1750s near Bath, which is undergoing a huge transformation into a tourist attraction and center of aristocratic society. But of course, my warped imagination wants to deal with a rural village some distance from town. I resist towns.
And I'm bored with conflicts built out of money and social status and I'm not particularly fond of spies. Now think about it--what historical romances have you read recently that doesn't have a foundation in one of those subjects? Yes, a talented writer can make any conflict immensely interesting. But I need the conflict to interest ME. Not that I'm self-centered or anything, "G" but a book can take several years of my life. It ought to entertain me while I'm writing it.
Here's the challenge: if I have a squire's daughter and the younger son of an aristocrat, both independent of their families, neither of them poor or rich, neither of them interested in titles, what can I use to keep them apart? What would interest you? We can give them conflicting goals, or tormented pasts, or dark secrets, or... I need to brainstorm away the cobwebs!