by Ronnie Allen
Do you want a character to just put his finger on his forehead, and pluck out the name of the person who had committed the murder? No. That won't go over
well with your readers, or push your plot forward. What I will be discussing in this blog is how to delve into your character's unconscious mind, write in
deep POV, and allow your character to develop his intuition. Whether it’s the killer, the cop, the forensic psychiatrist, or any character, your reader
wants to know the origins of his thoughts and feelings.
Characters should not automatically become psychic for the current story. Their abilities need to be flushed out in backstory, or it won't be believable.
Your characters need to have used their intuition to solve some of their personal issues prior to the story’s beginning. If you're a plotter like me,
you'll be writing character bios before you begin your
novel. Include this kind of information.
When you're writing the scene in which you want to have your character use psychic ability, you need to ground yourself first. Yes, in a sense, you're
developing your own intuition in order to create the same in your character. Keep your feet crossed at the ankles, do some deep breathing, and focus. Get
rid of all distractions: the phone, social media, the washer and dryer beeping. Focus intently on the scene so that you see it happening before your eyes.
It's as if you're in a daydream. Put your character into that daydream. What is he seeing? What is he smelling? What is he hearing? Are what he’s seeing,
smelling, and hearing actually in the scene, or are the sensual clues coming from his mind? Is he using these sensory clues to put the facts of the case
together? If the sensory clues are coming from his mind, he’s using his psychic abilities or intuition. Notice, I didn’t say imagination. Imagination and
intuition are two different things.
Cops call it a hunch. Women, call it women's intuition. Parents get feelings in their gut about their children, especially when they're in trouble. These
are all forms of psychic intuition in different stages of development. We're all capable of it, but many of us don't want to accept it. It could be scary
to get an idea about something or a forewarning that an event is going to happen when it just pops into our mind. The lack of control over these thoughts
is what pushes people back into denial.
I'll talk about the two character's in my novels who are at different stages in their psychic development. In GEMINI, my debut novel, to be released by
Black Opal Books in the spring, Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr. John Trenton has been psychic and clairvoyant since he was a toddler. This means he can use the
five psychic senses that are mates to the mundane ones. When Trenton profiles, he does the work with the forensics, scientific and medical data, as well as
with his psychic senses, and Max, his spirit guide, gives confirmation. Trenton just doesn't just sit still while the solution pops out of his brain.
In my WIP, ARIES, Detective Samantha Wright is first learning how to control her psychic ability. She's at the point where she's not trusting her
intuition, and her spirit guide, Dara, makes words blurt out of her mouth unexpectedly. When she learns how to trust, she uses her newfound ability to lead
her in the right direction in order to solve a cold case.
Both Dr. Trenton and Samantha Wright use their psychic intuition to assist in deciphering leads, and in analyzing the data. Having a character use their psychic abilities does not cut down their work or minimize your plot. On the contrary. Your characters become more enriched and dimensional, and can do more.
Ronnie Allen is a NYC transplant to rural Central Florida. In addition to her thirty-three year teaching career in NYC, she has had a practice in New York
as a Holistic Health practitioner. Ronnie holds certifications in many alternative therapies and a Ph.D. in Parapsychic Sciences from the American
Institute of Holistic Theology. Presently, she is writing the “Sign Behind The Crime” series, which includes within the plots, psychic, metaphysical,
alternative therapy- and let’s not omit, spicy romantic, elements. Ronnie is a member of RWA and ITW. Her web site is www.ronnieallennovel.com, where you could read her blogs and learn more about GEMINI and ARIES.
GEMINI is a present day psychological thriller set in NYC and rural Central Florida. Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr. John Trenton works in a NYC hospital for
the criminally insane and with the NYPD as a profiler. When stripper-by-night, school-psychologist-by-day Barbara Montgomery is dumped in his
lap for a seventy-two hour observation period, he discovers during his testing, that she is a psychopathic, predatory murderer. She escapes from custody,
wreaking havoc in NYC, and massacres Trenton’s NYPD team. Her threat becomes even more intimate when she sneaks down to Florida and attempts to kill his wife and unborn child.