For me, stories feel almost “remembered”. Like I’ve lived my characters life before and only now am I having the chance to write it down, to put into words what happened so long ago. Like an ancient bard who has just now learned that all those funny symbols the scribes make, actually mean something if you are learned in their ways.
Sometimes the memory is fuzzy, and I have to fill in the best I can. Sometimes, it is sharp, like the edge on a blade and demands to be put down moment for moment. Often I wake at four in the morning with a complete scene in my head. If I scribble it down, I’m rewarded with more and finally a return to sleep. If I run the same scene over and over, trying to remember it until morning, it’s never as crisp, and sleep eludes me. I’ll be a bit cranky the next day, though for lack of sleep, or lack of a good scene, I can’t tell. Probably both.
I’m inspired by talking to friends about what I’m writing, which as often as not, turn into brain storming, “what if you did this” sessions. Reading also inspires me, and being around other creative people, writers, artists, musicians, actors, dancers–doesn’t matter. They all have a creative drive in them that I feel– like an aura.
So, the answer to the big question– where do you get your ideas? EVERYWHERE. I know, that’s not really all that helpful. But I guess I’m saying, open your mind. Let your senses take you where they will, and an idea will pop. It might be something you experienced five years ago or five minutes ago. But we all have stories waiting to be told.
Below is the current list of contributing writers to the HOW I WRITE blog series.
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Kendall Ashby Corbit- http://www.twokendals.blogspot.com/ Rated R
Kristine Asselin – http://krisasselin.blogspot.com/ Rated PG
Tatiana Caldwell – http://tatianacaldwell.com/blog Rated R
Isabelle Flynn – http://www.isabelleflynn.com/ Rated PG
Ansha Kotyk – http://www.anshakotyk.com/blog Rated PG
Laura Pauling – http://laurapauling.com/ Rated PG
Alexia Reed – http://alexiareed.blogspot.com Rated R
Gail Roarke – http://gailroarke.blogspot.com Rated NC-17
P.M. Rousseau – http://pmrousseau.com/ Rated R