I always thought I really don’t like surprises much. Usually pretty inconvenient to say the least:

“Surprise, honey!! The cat had kittens in your Prada shoes!” My late ex-husband. (No, I didn’t kill him. I did divorce him, but not over the shoes.)

“Surprise! We’re out of a job come the 30th.”  My former boss, who honestly did think things would work out – until then.

“Surprise! Your truck wasn’t stolen, it was reposessed.” Highlands PD – 1982.

A local home was struck by lightning Friday evening during a fast and furious storm  – and burned to the ground before the fire company could get there. Can you imagine the homeowners surprise when they got in from work that night? (Horses and vintage car collection were fine.)

But let’s just put a writer’s spin on some of these. I mean, twists and turns, ups and downs, ins and out are what readers live for! I sent out an ARC last week to some readers and the one comment that came back about the book was how much they enjoyed “the surprises.”

So when you’re feeling that your characters might be a bit “flat” or that your plot might be just a bit “saggy” you might want to sit back and ponder on the surprise you can toss at that character or impant into that plot! Look around – surprises of all types are easy to find these days. Check out newspaper or magazine headlines, YouTube, Facebook or CNN. Well, maybe not CNN. No real surprises there…

Until next week when we start up Author Blogs again, I wish you only wonderful surprises – and remember to keep writing!!



About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014. Author of Murder in Black and White, Still Shot, Merciful Blessings, and numerous published short stories.
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