Writing Hollow Edge

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Written by Frankie Cameron

Have you ever wondered where an author’s ideas come from? Maybe you think writers are lucky people whose heads are bursting with ideas. Or perhaps you think they have one idea that nags at them for weeks, always at the edge of their thoughts.

That’s what happened to me when I first started writing Hollow Edge. I had an idea that I couldn’t get out of my mind and wouldn’t leave me alone. 

For years, I would read a book or watch a movie and think about what I would do differently if it was my story. I tried different themes, settings and characters to discover my writing process. 

First Ideas

My first idea was a dystopia world with a flooded planet Earth and people lived in boats or other floating structures. In my mind, I saw people chasing each other around on jet skis and other floating vehicles, Mad Max style.

I did some research on how people would survive an apocalyptic event, and that is when I discovered underground bunkers and switched the setting of my story.

Research

 When I started writing Hollow Edge, I didn’t think I would have to research anything since I was writing fiction – I was wrong. Things I researched were welding, asteroids, psychic powers, auras and Colorado Springs, to name a few. Although the story is fictional, it still had to be grounded in reality.

Setting

After researching several bunkers, I decided on the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. It is a truly fascinating place built to defend the people inside from chemical, biological and nuclear warfare. If you are truly interested in learning more about the complex, I wrote an entire blog post on the topic.

Theme

The theme of the story is man against society, or in this case woman against society. There are two groups of people in the Hollows: the Elites who live a lavish lifestyle and the Subordinates who serve them. It is also a coming-of-age story as the protagonist journeys through deceptions, lies and betrayals.

Plot

I am a discovery writer. That means I don’t plot the story out before I write. I had a beginning and endpoint in mind, but my first ending actually became the midpoint of my story. I enjoy writing this because it allows me to explore the story organically, leaving me room to surprise myself with the direction the story takes.

Characters

When I started figuring out the characters for my story, I knew I wanted a diverse cast of personalities. I originally wanted a cast of three main characters, but my cast kept growing for multiple reasons.

Charlie Edge is the protagonist of the story and the story is told in the first person through her eyes. She is shy and anxious by nature and does her best to keep a low profile. But how do you hide when your dead father was an infamous rebel leader?

Final Thoughts

Hollow Edge is a story filled with twists, turns, shocking secrets and betrayals. If this is your type of book, give it a read and let me know what you like about the story in the comments.

 

Until next time

Frankie

 

 

Feature image by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels.

 

 

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