Last week I was watching a Frasier rerun and there was Niles on the phone ordering up a 'plot for one.' Being a writer, I assumed he was purchasing a story line for a novel. But that wasn't it. The divorced character was in a gloomy mood and ordering a solitary cemetery plot.
Still, It got me thinking. Don't writers always start with a plot for one? If your material doesn't delight and please you, it's doubtful it's going to snare readers. There are exceptions, I know. Famous writers are sometimes forced to grind out books in a series they are tired of.
But as a nearly unknown, I can choose my plots and characters. Last year I read a Mary Balogh novel about a woman falling in love with a hero gravely injured in the Napoleonic wars. He, of course, didn't feel anyone could love him. It was a marvelous book and got me wondering if I could write a romance where the heroine is disabled and though accomplished and attractive feels unloveable. And so I asked Margaret Blake if she would read a light romantic comedy where it's the heroine (not the shot-up detective) that is disabled. She told me to go for it and so I have. And though I have a book that may be a trifle difficult to market, I've had a wonderful time writing it.