I've seen reviews of successful authors where it has been stated 'same plot as last book'. I let the idea come and then I listen to the characters because it's them who know what the story is about. Don't ever be scared to step back a bit and let the story develop, this is where you will find the best inspiration.
My fourth book has just about had its first full edit and has now been sent to an agent so fingers crossed. The character who is called Emily Matheson has led me through a difficult time in her life and I now feel that I have a friend for life with her. She is approaching her fiftieth birthday when her husband leaves her. She has had to start her life again after twenty years of marriage.
Emily made me laugh, she made me cry and left me feeling honoured that she shared her thoughts and feelings with me.
I will keep you updated with the progress of this book.
Keep reading. I'll keep writing.