The Beginnings Of My Novel


Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends,

It’s mid-week, and I hope all of you are well. I’ve been fighting a cold, and it’s kept me quieter than usual with time to reflect on the process of writing my novel.

I knew I wanted to write about domestic violence and bring a voice to the victims I’d met, so I had the theme. I made a schedule that I tried not to break unless it was an emergency—like my kids or husband. I used the morning from 6:00-7:00 am to write down my random thoughts first, and as I collected them, other ideas began to develop, and they grew. I always carried paper and pen, I still do, in case a thought hit me, and I could write it down before it flew out the window. It worked most of the time except when I was in the shower. These ideas began to mushroom into a flimsy structure— characters and plot began to bubble. I made a list of characters and then added the details. This was the beginning, and it was slow.

There’s more, but thank you for listening now, my friends, and for all your support. Please visit my website at to read this blog and make a comment, like it and get more helpful information by clicking on the resource button. Remember the Priscilla Bennett Pledge to start a conversation with someone, reach out with a kind word or action. Remember that we all have SOMETHING TO BE BRAVE FOR.

I’ll be in touch soon,