I was due for a blog post and asked Facebook what they’d like to hear about and the answer was: inspiration. Where do I get the ideas for my stories and characters?”
Well, I’ll tell you. I’m the person sitting in the restaurant eavesdropping on the tables around her. At family gatherings, I’m filing away mental notes left and right. I consume books and TV and movies while cataloging details and tying them to plots or characters that I’ve had floating around in my head.
Inspiration is EVERYWHERE.
Anywhere there are people interacting with other people, there’s a romance novel – or at least a good fight scene – waiting to be born. People who are jerks in real life often end up as barely disguised jerks in my stories. And people who deserve a better outcome in real life just might find it in a story. It’s my way of playing karma, fictional though it may be.
The funny thing about inspiration is its inconsistency. That amazeballs fight scene that I’d been salivating about writing is over and now I’m banging my head against the keyboard for days trying to force the words to come out. Some days writing 5,000 words is a piece of chocolate cake with peanut butter icing (which apparently is not a thing outside of Pennsylvania??). Other days, 500 words is excruciating. The only thing to do is get better at plugging away at the tough parts.
And maybe that’s life. Enjoy it when it’s flowing and learn how to bust through the roadblocks when they crop up. :)
That’s all I’ve got in terms of inspiration. Stay tuned for news on Not Part of the Plan and a brand new FREE book available only to my newsletter subscribers!