So I have started writing another Steele novel - number 11 of that genre - in fact. This one is almost 2000 words long and as yet doesn't have a defined plot. It is rather like setting off on a walk across the moors and finding a little used path, there is one there but it is poorly defined in places. What tends to happen in those circumstances is that you lose it occasionally, may end up in a bog, but eventually find the path and continue on your journey.
When I began I had no idea where the path would lead but yesterday there was a better defined line to follow. At the same time I could glimpse the other path running alongside. The question is which path will I follow.
In writing a twist into ones plot you always need to have more than one 'path' that characters can take and as they develop the plot for you you always have the choice of which way to push them. The point is you keep the reader engaged.
In my fourth Steele novel, A Changed Reality, I actually began writing one story and ended up completing another which was the driving force behind the title!
Patrick A Steele has discovered an injustice which involves organised crime and kidnapping for the sex trade and he applies his unique skillset to disrupt the evil group behind these heinous atrocities. This fourth Steele novel continues the association of our hero with the Japanese Gurentai one of whom he is becoming increasingly romantically attached to - but is it reciprocated? When weekend rioting seems to be driven by some hidden force Patrick and his confederates travel in the UK and eastern Europe in an effort to overcome the activities of an evil crime lord and his hired assassin.