The “What If?” is the engine that fuels the stories I write. To take a very common situation, and wonder, what if this suddenly happened…how would these people react? What would they do or say?
Imagination is the power source behind the “What If?” engine, and fortunately, I still have some gas in the tank.
For example, I just started work on a new idea that takes one of the most common activities we do every day without a second thought, and suddenly involves Ed Gein.
A brief reminder here…Ed was the real life inspiration for the fictional characters Norman Bates (Psycho), Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and Buffalo Bill (Silence Of The Lambs). Each of those characters did some of what Ed did, but not all. Not even close to all.
What Ed did was far worse, and he did it in real life…
(Edit, Sunday, 2/19) – Well, this was a new and refreshing experience for me. The story actually led me to a different ending from the one I had planned for it! Stephen King has spoken about how his characters sometimes write the story themselves, and now I’ve had the same kind of thing happen to me. The story is good, reads and flows well throughout, and now that the new ending is in place, I can see hints to it all throughout the story line that I did NOT put in on purpose. Wow, wow, wow…very cool indeed!
Unless I discover a FUBAR that I missed somewhere, this one is done, and added to the collection.