Ideas for Novels Spark From Everywhere, From Anything…


Great idea

Our creativity can be inspired from the smallest word to a globally known news worthy article. I was in the grip of such an idea this weekend. It formed from the merging of several obscure news items into a cohesive story and took ‘root’ in my mind. Once I began writing the protagonist came to life and the words flowed. I put down 1000 in less than an hour!

As many of you know I am a free flow writer so apart from a vague idea where I want the story to go, it is a mystery to me. That is the thrill for me. It is an adventure I willingly travel with my characters. They lead and I follow with frantic typing.

What obscure stimulus has sparked an idea for you? 

How do you approach new ideas? Frantic notes? Plot arc? Character descriptions?

No matter what system we use, an idea can grow exponentially once it takes hold. This is wonderful, of course, the only downfall being if we already have a bucketful of ideas already.  I had not wanted another project just at the moment. My children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue is in final stages of illustration and formatting, while I am working on edits for my western romance, Willow Tree Tears. These two projects are time consuming enough without a new one being added. My plan for 2015 was to re-visit two previous projects and re-write, edit and revise them. Now I have a story demanding to be written and it is impossible to resist.

Have you experienced a story unwilling to stay quiet?

Obviously, I will have to reschedule my plans and go with the flow. My older projects will have to wait a little longer.

Idea spark

 

2 thoughts on “Ideas for Novels Spark From Everywhere, From Anything…

  1. I once wrote an article relating creativity to a crock pot. The difference is we don’t always know when something good is going to bubble to the surface.

    Ideas do come from almost anywhere. I write devotions and short stories as well as other things. The devotions often come from mundane things connecting with something I’ve learned.

    A short story’s entire framework and even a few of the lines and sentences came during the night. I had to get up and write them down. The story was obviously inspired by several “seemingly” unrelated things in my experiences. Why they all came together in the middle of the night to create an outline I can’t explain. 🙂

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