BY PAMELA JO BOWMAN, MESA ARIZONA — I love research. We have a big sheet of butcher paper on the wall above our worktable. On the table are about 10 books all about our most recent subject. Most of our research is about two ladies. To get started, we divided them up. They are both inspirational. The more I read, the more excited I become. I can’t wait to start developing their characters in dialogue and description. I am anxious to tell their story. I want to represent who they were and how they impacted the world. In the process, I read and rediscover ideas and thoughts. I have to stop and think and see how they fit for me. It is so much fun! I feel like my world is expanding through time and history.
Our wall is going to get messy. Already we are arguing in what direction the time line should be placed. Cyndi says horizontal. I envision vertical. I know, I am difficult. Our 3×5 cards are pasted all over. It’s a process, but I am convinced the end product will be amazing. Next week we’ll create the character sheets. That can be tedious, but after writing COYOTE, I realize how important it is to know your characters! Everything from their eye color to their favorite subject in school to their religious foundation seems to impact the story because of their decision-making process.
In the meantime, my list of other writing projects keeps growing. Kind of fun, don’t ya think? Does it make you want to know the name of these ladies? Hope so. I hope what we create honors them, their lives and their contribution to the world. If we can do them justice, that film will be our contribution.