As part of the launch of her paranormal romance title 1303 Dragonslayer today, one of my fave writer-friends, Christine Rains, takes over the reigns of Amlokiblogs.
I’d love to say that I had a “Eureka!” moment or that my muse is a genius, but story ideas don’t often come to me in that manner. The 13th Floor series was born of wondering and following the never-ending questions that pop up with it.
Why do some buildings not have a thirteenth floor? Are superstitions really that powerful? What if there was something real behind the superstition? What if a building that didn’t make space for a thirteenth floor had one? Where did it come from? Why was it there? Who would live there?
What if questions are a lot of fun to toy with in your mind. Sometimes I play with an idea for months, going through all the possible what ifs until I hit upon the one that wows me. It’s a great way to stir the imagination, and an excellent tool for any writer. I find it’s highly effective in beating writer’s block whether you’re stuck on a scene or searching for an idea for a new story.
Asking what if will get you a new idea, but then you must follow it up with a why. This will provide you with motivation for your characters. I’ve gone through all my what ifs for each novella in my series, but the overall why still eludes me.
Does this worry me? No. The answer’s there. I just have to keep asking to find it.
I know some writers need the why before they put any words on paper, but I trust in my pantser instincts. The genius moment will come as I write the ending.
Do you play with ‘what if’ questions? Do you need the why of something before you start writing?———-
Dargonslayer Series 3: Blurb: On the rooftop of neighboring building, dragonslayer Xanthus Ehrensvard fires at his target, Governor Whittaker. How he missed the shot, he doesn’t know, but fleeing the scene, he picks up an unwanted passenger. Gorgeous reporter Lois King saw Xan’s face, and she believes it’s the story to make her career. Except he can’t let her walk away knowing what he looks like. Xan has to show her the Governor is a bigger threat to the world than he is. Xan knows dragons never went extinct. They evolved with human society, taking on mortal forms, and slithered their way into positions of great influence and power, just like the Governor. But it’s no easy chore proving to someone that dragons still exist, and even more so, they’re disguised as famous people. Xan must convince Lois or find another way to silence her. An option, as he gets to know her, he likes less and less. After all, dragonslayers are no longer celebrated heroes but outlaws. Just as the dragons wish it. But this outlaw must make a plan to slay the dragon or risk its retribution.
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has four novellas and eighteen short stories published. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
This 3rd Book in the Dragonslayer series is available on Amazon, B &N, Smashwords, Kobo, and it also appears on Goodreads. I suggest you guys hurry up and grab your copy!
The what- if questions open up very fertile grounds for a rich plating in the imagination. I enjoyed this and I'm glad I'm not the only geek mom!
Thanks, Shelly! I always love meeting other geek moms. 🙂
Geek mom! lol Glad to hear I'm not the only one.
Love the 'what ifs' & 'why' questions. Even for a planner like myself, they're priceless ways of bringing a story to fruition.
Donna – there's always a 13th floor. Why hadn't I figured that out???!!?!? LOL
Yay for geek moms! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Terri.
There's something real behind every superstition and it lives in our minds. I love your 'what if' approach. I always have trouble with the 'why' and have written myself into a dead end many times because I didn't tackle it before I started writing.
There are a few times my whys are stretching it, but my muse is usually very good at providing me with the whys.
I love what if questions. One leads to another, and another, and pretty soon a whole story concept.
Just because you don't mark the floor "13" doesn't mean there isn't a 13th floor.
Exactly! Thanks for commenting, Donna.
A fascinating question — what is all this about the 13th Floor? Not being at all superstitious I don't fear it, but I know some do. Looks like a great book Christine. Good luck on your blog tour.
Thank you, Denise. 13 is usually considered to be a number of bad luck, so out of superstition, people refuse to live or have a business on the 13th floor.
Thanks for the writing tips! I appreciate it a lot:)
You're welcome! 🙂
I used to think that the 13th floor did exist, but there was nothing on it and no one was allowed to use it. lol
Stina, here in southeast- Asia, buildings don't have the 4th floor, as 4 is a number of death/ bad luck. They all have the 13th floor though.
Stina, I worked security in a building that didn't use their 13th floor. They just used it as storage and wouldn't put a business on it.
Damyanti, I was recently told that by another commenter. Fascinating the superstitions around the world.
What if is a great question. I'm mostly a pantster too, Christine
Thanks, Susan. Pantsing is so much fun!
I like the cover art.
I have ideas for paranormal stories, but I'm not sure I'll be getting back into fiction writing anytime soon.
Diane, you'll rock at writing fiction, just the same as non-fiction.
Thank you, Diane!
Congratulations on your release day, Christine!
Yeah, I need to know the why. Die-hard outliner here.
Thank you, Alex. I don't outline, but the questions never stop in my head.
Congratulations on your new book! (I personally think 13 is a very lucky number!)
Thanks, Sherry! I'm hoping this year will bring lots of luck for us all.
Congrats Christine! I love asking what if questions. Good luck with your tour and launch.
Thank you, Miranda!
I have a three year old. It's "Why?…why?…why?" all the time. I wonder when we lose that..
Which is why may be we shouldn't grow up :). Maybe a part of writers and artists doesn't.
My almost three year old does the same thing. Sometimes he comes up with his own reasons and they're great story material!
Thank you so much for hosting today, Damyanti!
Happy to do it, Christine 🙂
My whole series is a series of continuing "What if … " scenarios. They make for the best stories.
And good luck to Christine and The Dragonslayer!
Thank you, Stephen! I like playing with what ifs.