“Where do you get your ideas from?” It’s a question all writers are asked eventually, whether you write romance, dystopia, or mainstream. People want to know if you draw inspiration from your personal life or how exactly you go about creating a story.
This is a tricky question too (although not as tricky as the “what makes a real writer” conundrum I discussed in my first post). “Everywhere” or “I don’t honestly know”, are probably the best answers to this one. For me, both are true. I have received unexpected inspiration from movies, songs, and, of course, from other books. Poetry readings tend to stoke my creative flame as well. Rarely do I go home and fail to write anything after attending one!
Readers (or just curious people) frequently wonder if the story they are reading was inspired by true events in the author’s own life. Sometimes they are. I have incorporated small occurrences or even beliefs from my own existence and background into stories. I have a writer friend who gets a lot of her story ideas from dreams. Sometimes I have a theme or an idea I wish to express and that factors heavily in. History has often inspired me—hence my love of historical fiction blended with romance. Each project is a little different.
But a lot of times, it is much more mysterious and harder to pin down. And that’s fine with me. Overall, writing is a labor of love, born out of love—at least in my book. (No pun intended.)
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