I guess I should preface those questions with a quick statement:
There aren't enough stories out there with kites in them. And as far as I know there's no fiction out there at all featuring KAP. So a month ago I decided to rectify both. Initially my goal was to write a short story featuring KAP (I actually have an earlier KAP story I still need to pour some serious editing time into). But by the time I finished my first brainstorming session it had grown in scope. At this point it's looking like either a novella or a short novel.
There's just one problem. I have a gaping plot hole: Why did my main character get into KAP? And why, despite everything going on in the story, are they still doing it?
My own reasons for getting into KAP are a little too weak to stand on their own in a story: I just thought kite aerial photography was a super-cool idea, and I wanted to play. Even to me, that seems like a pretty weak reason to spend as much as I've spent on KAP gear over the years. To a reader who's never even heard of KAP? It strains belief. I need something better.
So I'm fishing for ideas. What got you into KAP? And what keeps you going even in the face of crashes, dunkings, tree-eaten kites, line burns, and all the other stumbling blocks KAPers run into in the normal course of putting a camera in the air?
Sorry, no idea when I'll have a readable draft. This is just something I'm scribbling in a notebook in between work, dishes, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of kids. The consoling thought I cling to is that Madeline L'Engle wrote "A Wrinkle In Time" in much the same way, writing a word here or a word there as she walked past her notepad throughout the course of her day. Hey, she won a Newberry for that book! Now if only I was anywhere even remotely as good as her... >sigh<
I appreciate any and all help you can give me. Tell your story. If you don't mind, some of your story might make it into mine.