I’m in the process of gathering some ideas for a new contemporary romance trilogy. I thought I’d share some thoughts I have about gathering ideas.
Writers are observers. I mean we view the world in a different way than a non writer. Everything we witness, overhear, watch on the news, discuss with our friends has the ability to spark a story. Be forewarned friends and family. (Smile)
I take a notebook, or I always have my phone with me when I go out. I people watch when I go to the store, restaurants, events, etc. When I hear a particularly interesting piece of dialogue, I jot it down. When I see an interesting person, I write down their description to use for a character later. Now, don’t get the idea that I’m some stalker lingering on every word people say and spying on what they do. Far from it. But I am more observant than your average bear. When I am in a grand hotel for instance, I’ll take a moment to jot down a description so I can use it a scene later. I note the way furniture is arranged, the sparkling chandeliers, and so on. You’d be surprised how much more information you’ll have once you start writing if you rely on these notes.
Do you watch the news on a regular basis? Oh boy, the crazy things people do to and for one another. There’s a gazillion story ideas in just one day’s worth of news. In fact, my first book Sealed In Lies came from a newspaper article.
Have I come up with something for my trilogy yet? No. But today is a new day. Enjoy your observations.