This week’s writing prompt is all about where inspiration comes from. People often ask me where I got the idea for Cookie Encounter, and I have to say that when I started writing it, I had no ideas for the who, what, when, where or how. I thought the book I started writing on November 1st, 2007 would be a mystery!
When I sat down to start this book, I had a thought of taking a real life event that I’d heard about ( a woman died in an ambulance enroute to the hospital) and I was going to use that as a jumping off start to a cozy type mystery. Hmm. It didn’t take long and the beginning of that story went off on a tangent all its own and is now a contemporary romance, known as Cookie Encounter. Not a mystery at all!
I never know where inspiration is going to come from, but at times, it takes on a life of its own. There always seems to be something lurking in the back of my mind though, that I can write whether it’s a prompt, a novel, or a blog post ( like this one!), or whatever.
Another novel I’m working on came from a dream I had the last night of a writing conference. There was one scene very vivid from that dream, and I wrote it down as soon as I woke up. I actually had to unpack a notebook and pen from my packed bags. That inspiration became the beginning of Heir Force, the novel I’m editing now. I hope to get it out early next year if all goes well.
What about you? Where do you get your inspiration from? Share with us!