Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day

As I lay in bed this morning and reflected on Memorial Day, an idea for a story began to form in my mind. I mapped out the beginning in my head and just began writing it.

I've wanted to write some sort of military/soldier-based story for quite a while, but didn't know where to begin and it's probably been overdone. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to write it. We often forget the sacrifices that many have made for the good of our country. I see telling stories based on and inspired by actual events as sort of a tribute to them in my own way.

It will probably be hard to make my story all that different from those that have already been done, but I want to write it anyway. I'm sure as writers many will understand where I'm coming from and the hold that a project can have over you until you finish it. I only wish there were more hours in the day!

I wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day. Have fun with cookouts, friends and family, but also take a moment to remember why we have off of work. :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Where Inspiration Comes From

Many people wonder where a writer gets inspiration from. The answer for me is that it comes from everywhere. It could be something someone says. It could be something that happens to me or others. It could be a fear. It could be a dream.

I seem to be getting a lot of ideas from dreams lately. If I wake up in the middle of the night after a dream that has a good story idea in it, I repeat a few words in my head to try to help me remember it in the morning. I suppose it may be easier to just get up and write it down. Do you keep a notebook in your nightstand? I do, but I think it may anger my husband if I were to turn a light on to try to write something down!

A few months ago I found the beginning of a new novel in a dream, which is great, but I do need to start finishing some other ideas!

I know what doesn't work for me and that's actually trying to think up a new idea for a short story. I used to try to force myself to think of a short story idea because I needed more short stories. This does not work for me. If anything it chases inspiration away!

Where do you get your ideas from?