As a writer, the question I get asked the most is ‘Where do you get your ideas?’. The second most popular question I am asked is ‘Once you have an idea, where do you begin?’. This question is actually a bit more difficult to answer, but I’ll try. Story ideas come to me all of the time. The trick is being patient enough to wait and see if the idea has legs. What I mean is, some ideas come to me like a butterfly, then flit away just as quickly. Then there are the ones that stick, the heroes who won’t stop talking to you, even at three in the morning, that question that hangs in the air, day and night, that I feel compelled to answer. These are the ideas with legs. The ideas that force me to put pen to paper - or more and more often now, fingers to keyboard – and begin writing. These are the ideas that become my works in progress, or WIPs.
Once I’m ready to begin writing, I...heck, I’d love to tell you that I have a series of questions I ask myself or an outline I’ve worked up, but that’s not how it works for me. You see, I’m what they call a pantser – which means I write by the ‘seat of my pants’. That’s right, I don’t have much more than a title (which I can’t seem to begin without), and my hero and heroine’s name. If the idea came to me in the form of a question, which it sometimes does, then I have a bit more. If it came to me in the form of the hero’s voice in my head, nagging me to get on with it and tell his story, then I may only know how it ends. After all, heroes aren’t always prone to tell you how he got himself in the position he’s in, just how he wants that story to end. LOL
But, if the story idea came to me in the form of the opening scene (which is usually how they come to me) then I don’t know much at all. Maybe just what kind of person the hero/heroine is. And that’s when the fun begins for me, the moment I sit down and just begin typing. Letting the story unfold as it may, discovering the events that take the characters from the opening scene to the happily-ever-after. Yup, I just dive right in. No character sketches, outlines, or blurbs. Not until I’m farther into the story – like half way. For me, knowing too much before I begin spoils the fun. A complete outline before I’ve written a single scene, and I’ve lost the excitement, feel as if I’ve already told the story. Odd, I know, but true.
So that’s how I start a WIP. I get an idea stuck in my head, think on it a bit, then take myself and the voices in my head to my laptop and start writing. Does that make me sound a bit unhinged? Probably. However, I believe on some level all writers are…but that’s a different blog post.
"Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing." ~ Margaret Chittenden
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A few years ago I read a blog post by an author on deadline who hated the book she'd written so much that she deleted it. With something like 28 days left before she had to turn in the book, she deleted it and started again on page one. What?!
I thought she was nuts! Seriously, had she completely lost her mind?! Then 2017 happened to me...
The year began with a virus that turned into pneumonia. Two courses of antibiotics later, I barely felt better. Pneumonia turned into the stomach flu and after two months of being sick... I'd completely missed my deadline to release Haunted. I was forced to postpone.
Fast forward a few months of frantic writing whenever the day job permitted. I finally had the first draft done. Hallelujah! Until I read through the book from beginning to end and hated it. Yes, hated it. This is not the story I wanted to tell. This didn't do Kirk and Ava justice. So what did I do? The only thing I could do. I deleted the book.
Yes, you read that right. I. Deleted. The. Book.
I finally understand why that author made the decision she made so many years ago. I know exactly why she deleted the book and started over instead of attempting to fix the parts she hated. Because sometimes it's just easier to start over. Sometimes you have to accept the fact that what you have is garbage and go back to the proverbial drawing board.
So that's what I've done. I threw out the disastrous first take on a story was meant to be hauntingly beautiful but completely missed the mark. Why? In favor of writing the story you, my readers, deserve. The story I always meant to tell. One of two lonely souls who realize how much more they can be -- together.
My writing inspiration for the week...
I discovered this beautiful dress on a resale site in my area and fell in love. Unfortunately it isn't my size. Well, maybe it's fortunate since the only place I could wear it is around my house. LOL
Since cleaning the house in a white dress and tiara is completely unpractical,
I decided that one of my characters needs to have this dress.
What inspires you?
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Hey, Mom, I dug you a few new holes to plant some flowers!
You wanted flowers in the middle of the yard, right?
20 quickie facts about Joe Campbell:
Birthday? November 27
Favorite color? Black
Birthmark or scars? None
Tattoos? Two: A Chinese Dragon that wraps around my left upper arm and onto my chest and a G clef and measures of music on my right wrist.
Siblings? One sister
City of residence? Prestbury, England
If you were a jelly bean flavor, what flavor would you be? Why would I be a jelly bean flavor?
Occupation? Lead singer of alternative metal band, Bind Man’s Alibi
Hobbies? Drinking & Sex
Favorite song? Alienation
Name one item in your refrigerator right now? I have been on tour for a year and a half. It bloody well better be empty.
Your greatest fear? Losing Emma. Finding myself right back with the fakes and the liars -with my old friend darkness.
Most treasured possession? My Koenigsegg Agera RS
Special talent? Being a no good asshole.
Cat or dog? Dog
Pet peeve? Fakes
Unforgettable moment? The night I looked down and spotted Emma looking up at him from the audience like a ray of sunshine.
Spicy or not? Spicy
Favorite guilty pleasure? Jameson
If you could ask your author one question, what would it be? Why didn’t you bring Em into my life sooner?
I stumbled upon this photograph earlier this week and knew I had to share. I was immediately inspired - not just by his good looks, either. Every time I look at it my mind starts rolling through all of the different scenarios he could be in the center of, and the story ideas explode!
Oh the places he and I could go!
What inspires you?