The writing process is a mystery to me. I start out thinking I know where I’m going and then, as the characters develop, the plot changes. Characters I thought had finished their purpose, reappear, often with their true identities revealed. I’m always, it seems, the last person to know.
At least my characters haven’t started talking to me or demanding tea. This, I imagine, would only end badly.
I’m on this train of thought for a reason, really. It all began when I needed a plot device, you know, something to bridge the gap between action scenes. I had worn out just about every implausible gimmick you can imagine, resulting in the slaughter of thousands of innocent words, and then I saw it. An old journal, dusty and frail. The handwriting, elegant. The sentiments within, haunting. Like one of those journals under glass in a ghost town museum, open to a page you glance at for a second before pressing on to the antique guns, the Native American diorama, the Victorian gowns.