‘Plan with the end in mind’ is a great saying to remember when plotting a book. When writing, it’s easy to become caught up in an individual, secondary character and get off track from the main romance between two primary characters. I keep reminding myself of something that one of my fellow authors said, ‘The reader isn’t reading your book for the ending. Since it’s a romance, they know the ending. They’re reading for the journey.”
Sometimes, the journey can be rough on the writer as she makes it rough on the characters. Most writers are nice people, so you have to wonder where the dark nature comes from when we’re thinking up a story with conflicts and problems that our characters have to overcome and from which they need to learn something. That’s where planning with the end in mind comes in. We have to know what kind of people we want our characters to be at the end of the book. The obstacles they overcome to get there are what make them grow. In other words, they have to earn their happy ending.In my November Heartwarming, At Odds With The Midwife, I had to create a dysfunctional family and a dishonest father for my hero, Dr. Nathan Smith – very different from any family I’ve known. The heroine, nurse/midwife Gemma Whitmire, is from an oddball, very happy family that Nathan envied when he was younger. When they meet again as adults, the differences in their personalities, upbringings, experiences, and careers create conflicts they have to conquer. I’m hoping that they’ve earned their happy ending and that joining them on their journey is worth the reader’s time.
Patricia Forsythe grew up in a small copper mining town in Arizona where she had the opportunity to observe a great many interesting people who have since turned up in her books. She has written many romances for Harlequin books (as Patricia Knoll), as well as indie-published books and enjoys creating the kinds of stories she hopes people want to read. Upcoming books are At Odds With The Midwife, November 2016, The Husband She Can’t Forget, February 2017, and His Twin Baby Surprise, May 2017.