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On The Road Research

My approach to writing stories is to employ what’s commonly called “seat of the pants” writing. Some writers are really good in their use of the other method, plotting. In fact, I envy them. I mean, when they start putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, they know where their story is going. To me, that’s an enviable way to approach the whole process. Because it is a process. My problem is, when I start plotting, I get anxious to start writing and stop mid-way to begin writing the story. While in the midst of planning out the plot, my mind jumps to what the story’s characters are saying and doing, and I have to stop and capture what my mind has come up with it—I don’t want to lose those nuggets. So that takes me into my writing mode and then it’s hard for me to resume the plotting. Someday . . .

I’m enjoying writing the sequel to Flying Solo. When will it be ready? I’m still saying sometime in 2020. Actually, the sequel, Born to Fly, is the second book in the trilogy I have planned for the Course Corrections series. Each of the books will follow Chris, the main character, through his early New Adult years, finishing with him being well established in life: family, spiritual, and career.

Part of my personal story is that I’m a has-been pilot, having given up that avocation many years ago when my wife and I joined a Christian mission, Wycliffe Bible Translators. Having personal experiences in aviation provides lots of story ideas for me, but lots of stuff has happened in aviation since I left, and I need help understanding those changes. Some of that I can learn by knowing where to find information on the Web, a great source of data. But sometimes I also need to consult with people currently actively engaged in aviation.

While recently on a family visit to the Northwest, my wife and I made a side-trip to Boise, where I was able to meet with folks at a Christian mission organization that provides aviation services to missionaries and others located in third-world countries in need of the kinds of helps they’re able to offer.

The reason for the trip was to get closer to those providing these kinds of helps, which will be of great assist to me when I incorporate similar actions in the next two books in my current trilogy. In the sequel, the protagonist will be challenged to consider whether or not he should become a pilot for an aviation mission instead of becoming an airline pilot, which is what he has been planning for all of his adult life. Making the trip to meet with those actually doing the thing my main character will struggle with deciding to do or not, was beyond helpful–so much was learned that I could not have become aware of simply by researching online. Hearing their descriptions and stories provided information I couldn’t have found in any other way.

Time to get back to writing . . .

jk weller

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