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!”
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.)
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?
Copyright 2014 by Kelly Abell