I believe this love has subconsciously influenced my writing. In a conversation with someone who also appreciates movies, this person claimed that Seven Brides for Seven Brothers had no plot.
(Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a 1954 movie about a frontier bride who goes home with her new husband only to discover he has six unmarried boorish brothers living in his house.)
No plot! Of course it had a plot! And if not … I’d write my own.
Feathers ruffled, I took the challenge, sat down and began to write my story.
I needed a hasty marriage. Personally, I love mail order bride stories, so I made my character Lydia a mail order bride.
A home life that isn’t expected. My heroine walks into her new house to find it occupied by numerous extra men and it needs a thorough clean.
Needing more inspiration for additional characters, I watched Calamity Jane with my children. (The BEST kind of research!). My minor character Danny was born.
But what about our happy ending? It needed to have cowboys. A shoot-out. A mean bad guy.
Where better to find that combination than in a John Wayne movie? J
My Harding brothers, Beau (hero), Tyrone, and Ethan were born in my imagination.
Horse with a cool name? Check.
Black duster? Check.
Six guns? Double-check.
What about the shoot-out? Every western themed story should have a shoot-out.
I placed the shoot-out at the climax of my story. Pitting my hero against the bad guy, er, mean ex-mother-in-law (sorry Mother-in-laws! I know they’re not all bad. Mine is lovely, btw), ending in a very happy ever after.
So that’s where I’ve drawn my inspiration for my story. I believe it has definite overtones of a certain musical or two—and a plot…
Lucy Thompson is a stay-at-home mum to five precocious children by day and a snoop by night, stalking interesting characters through historical settings, and writing about their exploits. She lives in Australia.
She enjoys meeting new people from all over the world and learning about the craft of writing. When she can be separated from her laptop, she is a professional time waster on facebook.