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Behind the Plot


All writers are often asked about the same question: Is it very difficult to write a book?
I do not know what others answer. In my case I usually answer: "No, you just have to sit down and write it"
Maybe many people think that it is a matter of putting the story we have in our heads in a file, others will say that I simplify or I lie, but it is not so. If you want to write a book either fiction or thematic niche you need to sit down and work on it. Each one will have his system to do it or will manufacture it as he finds the difficulties.
In my case, both before and during the creation process I need to document if what I am creating will make sense for the reader, if it is credible, if it has a sustainable basis so that who reads assumes it as possible. Even when it comes to the most extravagant fiction. To have the material on hand, I usually release a notebook in which I point out data: dates, anecdotes and situations that help me to build the plot; psychological profiles of the characters and possible derivations of the story ...
So, when I finish the novel the notebook goes to the archive with a cooking background from which I got the flavours of my story.
In many cases the investigation of a single fact takes several days and a pilgrimage through books, articles and web pages. And it usually happens that all that material serves only to give a brushstroke in the story because it leaves us from the main plot or I do not consider it important to explain a situation but to suggest that it exists.
The cooking background that remains in the book is usually very tasty and, in many cases, would give to write another book or several.
When I started writing my first historical novel, I thought I was becoming conspiranoic because I began to see patterns that apparently followed historical facts. They did not seem casual but the result of dark hands behind the scenes. As if everything was organized and planned consciously to precipitate events.
For most mortals, history is as they have told us. Do not wonder why this or that happened or something becomes to be true just for repeating it. We forget that no situation is so simple and, in most cases, it is transmitted according to the convenience of the person who relates it. And this transmission becomes a tradition that ends up educating future generations, even if it is not to true.
That's why I decided to open this section on my website, I removed the notebooks with the material compiled for my novels from the bookshelf and I would like to share the flavour of this cooking fund if you fancy it.
Surely some data will generate controversy and even criticism. There are people who cannot stand their beliefs questioned. I will try to be as subtle and neutral as possible so as not to hurt susceptibilities.