Sunday, May 6, 2018

A ghost of an idea by Barbara Edwards


I need a subplot. A nice ghost is appropriate I think. I don’t want to talk about the story I have in the works. I don’t like to go into depth because I’ve found it dries up my juices.

So I need a ghost. but what kind? 

To fit the story it needs to be gentle. No screaming in the middle of the night. No throwing items at the hero. No shivers or chills, well maybe some. After all a ghost should affect the people around it.

So I’m leaning toward a girlish laugh when no-one is there. A touch from a cold slender hand. I want the reader to wonder why this ghost is haunting this place. I don’t want any of the obvious reasons. No young female died here. No missing persons from this house. 

So why is she here? Oh, I already know but I’m not going to tell you yet. I need to build the story to support her presence. 

I can picture her. A sweet smile, slender, youthful, and energetic. She runs through the house, plays under the trees and in the garden. 

My hero doesn’t believe in ghosts and the house has no history of haunting. So what has my hero uncovered?

I have to keep working on this story. She’s got me hooked.

So back to the keyboard.

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Leah St. James said...

Well, now I'm hooked, too! Sounds like you've got your ghost! Enjoy working her into the story. :-)

Brenda Whiteside said...

A ghost without an obvious purpose is a good hook!

Jannine Gallant said...

Sounds like you're enjoying your story, Barb.

Rolynn Anderson said...

Nice stream of consciousness approach, Barb. We like where you're going!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Yep, I’m hooked too. Keep ‘em guessing. Always keep ‘em guessing. You go.

Susan Coryell said...

I like the idea of a "family ghost;" i.e. one who has a link to the current resident and therefore a "reason" to tease, appear, leave gifts, sing, etc.
Good luck with your ghost! I love writing my Southern Gothics, which always include some kind of spirit activity.