Sunday, November 6, 2011

When Inspiration Strikes

A couple of months ago my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, put out a call for submissions for a millionaire series it's doing for the Champagne (contemporary) line. Being a Champagne author, I thought this really should be something I should try to participate in. I thought of an idea, made some notes, wrote about a dozen pages...and that's as far as I've gotten. The story is sort of there in my head, but I just have no motivation to get it down on paper (or on screen as the case is nowadays). Writing time has been short these days as well, so that's not helping either. Another part of the problem is I don't write books like that. I like rustic, good ol' boy stories. My millionaire actor just wasn't fitting the bill.

Then today, out of the blue inspiration struck for a Thanksgiving story. I know it's too late to get anything done with it this year, but I've started sowing the seeds for next year's harvest, so to speak. I've never given much thought to writing a Thanksgiving story, but all of a sudden, I had the perfect idea for one.

And then while I was on the treadmill listening to a Toby Keith CD, another idea started to form. I've always been inspired by music, and had often thought how one song in particular would make a great story. Today I went so far as to do a page and a half of type-written notes as a rough outline. Usually I'm a pantster, so this was a big surprise.

So now I have two ideas spinning in my head, neither of which have anything to do with a millionaire.

But lately I've come across several blog posts about writing the story of your heart. And it makes a lot of sense.

Will anything come of these story ideas? Maybe. Maybe not. But since inspiration has finally struck, I'm not going to ignore it.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!

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SBJones said...

I outline write. I just don't think I could sit down and write from the seat of my pants. I applaud those that can, but for me, it would be like building a house without a blueprint.

Morgan Mandel said...

Part of the fun of writing is when inspiration strikes. Go with it, but I'm not sure which one. You'll have to decide. Or, maybe both. If you get stuck on one, work on the other.

Morgan Mandel

Debra St. John said...

SB, I've been so surprised with myself this weekend...I've written two synopsis-like rough outlines for two different stories. It's definitely a new experience for me!

Morgan, Oh, I'm going with it! I'm going to start with the Thanksgiving story. I need to do some research for the other one before I get started.

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Deb Larson said...

Great to have back-up! When one slows down, the other can take over for a bit. Good luck!
DL Larson

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