Unexpected Surprises

Hi, my name is Jill and I’m a plotter. There. I’ve made my confession. I’m a major, anal-retentive plotter of books. I love Excel spreadsheets, white boards, post-it notes, and outlines.

LoveintheTimeofZombies 200x300Now, I know that you pantsers won’t understand, but plotters can be surprised by their story just like you. We can outline to our hearts’ content and still have a surprise jump up and grab us by the throat in a story. I haven’t had it happen in a long time so it was a feel-good moment when it happened in my current WIP, Love in the Time of Zombies.

I was just cruising along, with two of my characters going to the library hoping to find some ‘how-to’ books to help in the ZA (zombie apocalypse). But wait, I’ll show you what I mean…

**Unedited WIP**

An intense ten minutes later, and they reached the library with limited killing. Seth used a machete and she used a small pick-axe she’d picked up at a hardware store. The door to the building stood open, with darkness as far as she could see inside.

Turning, she checked out the street as Seth made his way through the entrance with her following. Miranda held her breath as he snapped a Glo stick and rolled it across the floor. It came to rest against a pile of papers. Her heartbeat sped up at the familiar smell of books and the graham crackers of story time.

An exhaled breath left her as silence filled the building. No moans, no shambling footsteps, no voices telling them to put their hands up. She took a chance. Although it seemed wrong for a library, she breathed in and called, “hello” in a loud voice.

“Well, you couldn’t have come for food, since there isn’t any. And I’m pretty sure there isn’t anyone  left to help you check out a book anymore.”

Her breath caught in her throat.

**And so did mine. Wait, there wasn’t supposed to be anyone in the library. This was definitely a search and retrieve mission. Maybe a conversation of moving on to another town, another area. Then I was left with the dilemma; is it a man or a woman in the library? Or maybe a child? An epiphany came to me. I knew who was in the library and what it would mean for Seth and Miranda. You will have to read the book to find out.

Coming Soon!! I really, really promise.

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance writer

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