Writing Prompt Wednesday #48

Hello Friends,

Writing Prompt Wednesday, michelleconnellwrites.net

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!

~~Michelle

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4 thoughts on “Writing Prompt Wednesday #48

  1. I think I’m like you. There seems to always be an idea or 10 lurking somewhere in my brain or heart. I have notes I’ve written down from thoughts or inspirations. And a story idea or two that want me to give them the time needed to take shape.
    Ideas and inspirations come from everywhere for me: a movie, a speech, a sermon, an overheard conversation, etc.;
    I need to go write!

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  2. Much of my inspiration comes from the things that I love – nature, crafts, food. Also I will get inspiration from certain places like walking around old graveyards, or visiting little out-of-the-way towns. Reality talk shows provide an endless source of inspiration. The first novella I ever wrote was inspired by an episode of Dr. Phil. And of course, like you say, simple day dreaming.

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