How’s your week going? Today we’re on the letter Q, which was a bit of a tricky one for me. This might not be specific to wolves but it’s an important word for all writers. Questions are the cornerstone of writing, and the main thing that can spark a story. With Scarlett Legacy, as you probably know, the initial inspiration came from the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale – but the story itself came from asking questions. What if the fairy tale was wrong, what if the Big Bad Wolf was just misunderstood after all – after all, we all know how history and folklore can be manipulated to suit the people telling the story. Once you start on ‘what ifs’ it can quickly spiral. What if there was more than one wolf – they are pack animals after all – and let’s face, a wolf who can talk and reason and plot is at least a little bit human – which leads us to shifters.
Then of course, once you have the inspiration for the basic story you need to ask more questions – this time more research-based. How are you going to translate wolf pack behaviours and hierarchies into a human society? How would they hide from the world? How could you bring an old fairy into the modern day? How could you tie in the all important ‘red riding hood’? (The last one is actually one of my favourite bits in the story – but I’m not going to spoil it if you haven’t read yet!) Before you know it a whole series is falling into place – just from a few little questions 🙂
This is one of the things I love most about writing, and why I always want to keep asking questions.
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