I have a couple of books out and have done several blog interviews and guest posts around the internet, and one of the questions I’m asked most (in varying forms) is:
What’s your inspiration? What inspired you to write this story? Where to you draw inspiration?
I actually have a folder on my desktop devoted to story ideas. If I’m lucky enough to be able to write even a third of these stories in this lifetime, I’ll have achieved a monumental dream. I carry a small notebook in my purse so I can jot down ideas when I’m not near my beloved laptop Maybe it’ll be just a sentence, a character name, a quick outline, an in depth outline, or just a snippet of a scene that I can’t actually base an entire story around, but I loved it so much I hope to find a home for it eventually in a future story. Then, as soon as I’m near my computer, I pop those tidbits in my “story idea” folder.
As for where I find inspiration, it surrounds us all day, every day. At least that’s my belief. Ideas come from conversations with friends, family, co-workers or even an overheard blip while I’m out and about. I can get an idea from a news article I’m reading, or a news story on television. Scenes or stories or even characters come to me in everyday life as I people watch when I’m at the mall, driving in my car, listening to music or just daydreaming and playing “what if”. I’ve even had a few hit me when I’m right on the wonderful verge of sleep and wakefulness. And now I keep a notebook and pen beside my bed so I can jump up and write those ideas down as well, because if I tell myself I’ll do it in the morning (((SWOOSH))) I won’t remember anything when I awake…only that I had an idea that I loved and nothing more.
Basically, what I’m saying is inspiration is EVERYWHERE!
My contemporary romance BACHELOR’S SPECIAL, which will release soon (I have a release date, but am holding back from sharing just yet because I don’t want to jinx myself…lol) came to me while I was daydreaming on my drive into work. Now, don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t concentrating on my driving…lol…but I have a long commute and it gives me lots of time to work through story issues or toss around ideas.
I don’t have an official blurb, but here’s a quickie idea of what Bachelor’s Special is all about:
JILL ADGATE is an unemployed chef who wants four things out of life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. Oh, and the ability to control her nervous stomach.
CHET CASTLE is a prosperous businessman who has it all, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée ten years ago, he refuses to get involved in any relationship with a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.
This contemporary romance will release with the Indulgence line and involves a sixty-second deal, several emotional awakening moments, and some memorable characters. Oh and there’s something about a swimming pool, a car that needs a good tune up, and a lesson in…
Teehee…I’m going to make you wait to find out more
Here’s my question for any other writers out there…How are you inspired? Are you like me and find inspiration all around you, sometimes overtaking your everyday life so much that you’re jotting down ideas in your constant companion notebook to stay organized…or do you struggle to come up with a story idea, plot, concept or characters?
And, if you’re a reader, are you ever reading a book and imagining a alternate ending or an additional scene or wishing the characters would react another way in certain situations…in other words, are you becoming inspired with your own ideas as you read?