Candice: So time was coming to an end at said quango, leaving cakes had been eaten and the boot mark on my bottom was getting more pronounced as they kicked the contractors out of the door. So I did the most essential thing a girl can do – went on holiday!
Now this was important on two levels – one ’cause I needed to top up my tan and two because it was a chance to get some inspiration.
As Phil has mentioned, the book morphed from being just Tom Sharpe style to chick lit plus humour. Around 40k words had been written and ideas were still floating around but we both needed to think about how plot lines were created, characters fleshed out and how those all important clothes mentions fitted in. So I popped off to Tesco and stocked up on some research – ie some chick lit for beach time reading.
And off I went for a long weekend in Portugal with the other half and got to grips with how it all works. It really helped actually and sparked off some other ideas as to how this book would hang together. Luckily, though computer free, I’d brought along paper and pen (stylish of course, the pad has drawings by shoe designers on it) to scribble down some notes.
By the end of my long weekend in the sun I’d drawn up a mind map of how the different parts of the story would hang together and what areas we were missing or needed to discuss; and two new chapters.
Research and a tan – definitely a long term goal for a full time writer!