Okay, I lied. Well, sort of lied. As anyone who read my last post knows, the identity of the victim in my second book simply can’t be changed. However, the identity of the murderer can be – and I’m giving serious consideration to doing just that.
What happened was this: one night last week, I was working on my plot outline, focusing on the crime itself. To keep myself organized, I made a list of suspects from the many pages of notes I’ve written and character profiles I’ve done, asking myself “WHY would this person have committed the murder?” and “HOW would this person have committed the murder?”
Suddenly I had an epiphany – what if So-and-So did it instead of the person I’d been considering? (I told my husband Jack about this, not revealing my new murderer’s identity, and he responded, “You know, I’ve always had my suspicions about So-and-So.”)
Changing the killer will mean writing the book differently, I know. It will mean exploring a different motive, and coming up with different clues and red herrings as well. But if I can do it – and do it right- it should make for a much more interesting story.
Good thing I thought of this now – I suppose there’s a certain freedom in not having started to write the actual book yet!
I won’t post anything new next week, as I’ll be off doing research, but once I get back, I’ll bite the bullet and start writing, and then the fun will really begin. In the meantime, I thank all of you (or perhaps I should say “all 4 of you”!) for your continuing interest – have a wonderful holiday!