Horsehead Nebula

A few weeks back, a beta reader was going through my latest novel and asked, “Where did you come up with your story idea?”

I wanted to tell her I woke up one morning and, voila, I had a terrifically unique idea and the rest wrote itself. Ha! Like writing is ever that easy. In truth, I was searching for a story idea because my hands were itching to write. So I started asking myself “what if” questions, plotting things out, doing research, gathering notes and possible scenes, putting things together, taking them apart, coming up with new ideas and, voila, TWO YEARS LATER, I had a terrifically unique story.

Where do writers go for inspiration? Everywhere. Old books, new books, the Good Book, book covers. The guy on the street, the girl in class, the dearly departed. Our daydreams. Our nightmares. Anything can and does inspire us. For some, an idea just manifests out of thin air. Those folks are lucky. The rest of us have to work.

There’s this quote over my desk just to remind me: I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning. ~Peter De Vries

It’s 9:30… better get busy.


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