The Writing Life
Hi, everyone! (And thanks so much to Amber for inviting me over to her lovely home on the Web.) Today, I’m going to chat about the writing life. Ideas. Inspiration. Blank Pages. You know, the fun stuff.
I’ve never really had a problem getting story ideas. Many authors talk about writer’s block, but, luckily, I’ve avoided that problem so far. Instead, my issue is that I have too MANY story ideas. So many stories that I want to write—and just not enough time to write them all! When I first started writing, I created an Idea File (it’s a simple Word document now). When I get ideas, I immediately type them in my idea file. I don’t want to lose the new idea, but I also don’t want to get derailed from my current WIP. I write down the points in the Idea File, and then, when I’m finished (and my writing schedule permits), I head back to that idea. My Idea File is about 12 pages long right now.
I think I get so many story ideas because I’m literally inspired by just about everything. Long walks. The beach. Scary movies. Dean from Supernatural :) For my latest release, ETERNAL FLAME, I took the old firestarter legend and twisted it a bit. My heroine, Jana Carter, is an Ignitor. With a thought, she can burn a house to the ground. A very powerful lady. And since I do have a semi-obsession with monsters, I paired her with a dangerous demon hero. Then their story inspired another that is currently dancing in my head. I love the cycle of story inspiration.
But…even with the inspiration and my handy Idea File, I still can find myself nervous when I first begin to start a new story. It’s that blank screen (blank pages—gah!) that gets to me. I start on page one, and I know that I have to write t least 400 pages before I’ll be done. I hope that I’ll lead my characters down the right path. I hope that I can keep the pacing moving and that my characters will be fully developed and engaging. As I stare at that blank screen, I hope for all of those things.
Then I start writing. Sometimes, I begin by writing alternate beginnings. I will try out 2 or 3 beginnings and see which one flows the best for me. Once I’ve got the one that lets the words flow the fastest, I dig into the story. I write and write, and I don’t look back. I save my edits for the end because I don’t want to interrupt the story flow. I write, I write…and I get at least 400 pages.
That’s my writing life, and I sure wouldn’t trade it for any other job in the world.
Do you have any writing life questions for me? Or story questions? Ask away—one commenter will win an autographed copy of ETERNAL FLAME (or any Cynthia Eden book that you’d like).
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