Grab Your Idea and Run

People always ask writers, “Where do you get your ideas?” The answer is probably different for every writer, but what I want to talk about is how exciting it is when a new idea pops up.

            Lately, I have been attending to the business of writing. Publishing details, publicizing, copy editing, etc. Frankly, it’s not my favorite part about writing and I often try to avoid it. But that only works for so long. So, I slog away at the drudgery until magically in a moment, I get an idea for a new story. The embryo of a book. It may be a character whispering in my ear, begging for her story to be told or it may be that Greek Gothic house I drive by every week where I am certain events are unfolding that readers have to hear about.  It’s an energizing catalyst for me. I am quickly inspired to finish up the busyness of the business of writing so I can return to the joy of playing make-believe.

            So, what is buzzing in my brain that has me so excited?  I’ll share a little, but you’ll have to wait for the book for the full details, which will evolve and change before I write, “The End.” There is a woman. She is not young, but she doesn’t feel old yet. She is hiding from something horrible, unspeakable, but her approach is not to cave into the terror. Instead, she has a plan to escape to a place where it cannot find her. That unlikely place is filled with characters who are escaping their own terrors and where our protagonist learns that even in isolation, a connection can be found and that misfits fit better than conformists.

            I’m off to teeter into my unnamed character’s world. Because for me, if I don’t hop onto the feathers of an idea, it may be lost forever.

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