Ideas almost always come to me in the form of a story question or basic story concept that becomes the basis for the plot. The Hostage Heart started out when I wondered, "What would happen if two countries were at war and their prince and princess fell in love?" Wishing on Baby Dust started with the concept of three couples simultaneously struggling with different types of infertility. The characters, setting, etc are always chosen after the story concept is somewhat developed.
Not so this time. I have some characters. I have a rough outline of the setting. I have zero idea for plot. I'm not even sure what genre this new idea is going to fall into. I'm thinking urban fantasy, but who knows?
The characters are from a novel I originally wrote in junior high. The concept for that novel is totally unbelievable and not really a workable idea. But I still absolutely love the characters, and parts of the setting. I'm hoping this develops into a book I can really love.
It's scary. Intimidating. Kind of exciting. I am plugging along, further developing the characters and setting, and praying that the plot comes to me. I am spending hours on pinterest in the name of "working," trying to find the perfect photos to represent the characters and locations. It's so fun!
There is nothing quite like falling in love with a new story.