AtoZChallenge 2015: B is for Blank Sheet
So why is ‘blank sheet‘ significant to my book Cat’s Call?
The answer is very simple; that’s what I started with. When I first began writing Cat’s Call I had absolutely no idea what I was going to write. I mean I had not even an inkling.
All I knew was I wanted to write a new fantasy novel suitable for a YA audience, crossing over into the adult market. That was literally all I had in my head when I sat down at the computer. It was something of an experiment really, just to see what I could come up with.
I started typing and just followed my nose until something started to take shape. As I slowly created the first page, Charlie, my protagonist began to form in my head. It’s third person past and Charlie is my point of view character and as I put words on the page he came to life.
That first page is long gone, edited out to make the start of the novel much snappier, but I still have copies, because that is what kicked my brain off down the route that created Charlie, somewhat inept 18 year old that he is, and all his friends. That blank sheet, as it filled with words, was the catalyst for the evolution of the great spirits, the seven Questors, the realm of Between and the idea that seven people could save the universe. So far they have grown into three novels.
So, if you are at a dead end, or you just want to see what your brain comes up with, I heartily recommend the ‘blank sheet’ method.
Have you ever tried this? How did is go? If not, is it something you might have a go at?
If you are not a writer, but one of our valued readers, do you ever use this technique for brainstorming other things?
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