Where Story Ideas Come From – Screaming Characters In Your Head #amwriting

Good Morning! It’s 6:30 am on a chilly Friday morning, and I’m sipping on my coffee, trying to figure out what to write about today. Oh sure I’m working on a novel right now…the third book in my Saving Shenanigans Series, Mara’s Passion, but there are these annoying characters that keep screaming in my head, “Write my story! Write my story!”

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Does that ever happen to you as a writer? Do you ever wake up in the morning with these people, you’ve never met, inside your head, begging you to write their story? If you do, don’t call the local mental hospital. Grab a pen, find a quiet place and write down what they say. You are not crazy. You’re a writer. (At least that’s what I tell myself, and will until the men with white coats come to cart me away in a straight jacket.)

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To someone who doesn’t write, this idea may truly sound a little insane, but there are times when a story idea grips you so hard, you can either hear it, or visually see it playing out in your mind. Take advantage of those times. Whether you want to call it your muse, or not, it is the creative part of your brain struggling to express itself.

Many times, I’ve ignored those voices, and lived to regret it. I’ll try to go back and capture the moment and the essence of the story, and it just won’t come back. Therefore, I keep a notebook with me at all times. You’ll never see me without one, or with one in my car, on my nightstand, or lying in various rooms about the house. That way, when I’m facing a bit of writer’s block, I have a plethora of ideas to choose from.

Tell me about the craziest place you found yourself when the idea struck. What did you do?

Books by Kelly Abell     Cover Designs by Select-O-Grafix

Copyright 2014 by Kelly Abell

About Kelly Abell

I am a writer, blogger, and graphic artist. My aim for you is to utilize this blog to help you improve your writing skills, and to educate you on the publishing business. If you need help with writing, want to self-publish a book and need advice, or just want to kick a story idea around to see what works best, that's what I'm here for. As I gain knowledge from editors and publishers, I will share that knowledge with you. As writers we should always strive to improve our craft and grow. A day should not pass where you haven't learned or tried something new with your writing. Many thanks to my Night Owl Friend, Lea Ellen Borg for editing my posts! Best to you and all your characters and stories. Write on, my friends...Write on.
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