“Where do you get your ideas?” I was asked this just the other day. The answer is less an inspiration and more a location and time. I get my book ideas upon waking. Typically at 4 in the morning, and typically with a huge amount dropped into my forethought.
It happened two days ago. My next novel is named The Hurricane Boys. I know the plot, the characters, and the ending just by opening my eyes. I’ve spent the next two early mornings nattering it about. I love it! (But I do miss sleeping).
And I’m not going to write it. Yet.
I have at least six half-finished novels. A friend said that means I no longer cared about that story. Not true, I just got excited by another story and began writing that, and so on and so on.
Other than notes, I’m not going to do that now. The reason why is Discipline. I didn’t have it then, but I do have it now.
The Trouble with Bees is still in rewrite. I just wrote a scene that blew my mind (and not just mine). I am going to continue writing that to completion. Then and only then, I’ll start writing The Hurricane Boys.
Discipline doesn’t mean I don’t want to. It doesn’t mean I’m not able to. It means I won’t. A hidden benefit of discipline is that it gives you motivation to finish what you’re sticking with so you can get on to the next project.
Eventually, I’ll get back to those other half-finished novels, because I really do like them…
A friend gave me the opportunity to speak to readers when she invited me to her classroom. For the first class I shared about Do Angels Still Fall? which the class was reading, and for the older class, Creativity Wears Boots where they weren’t reading it but still could find the artist inside.
I had a blast, getting fresh insight to my stories and ideas through young reader’s eyes. It was great, but there was an even better part…
This wonderful teacher (I saw part of her class before I went up and only wish I had such terrific teachers) is a writer. She has a hilarious blog full of true-life anecdotes from her life and family. We’ve spoken about turning her blog into a collection for her first book, but I’ll be honest, I shared with her that I think she should take those stories and weave them in a novel about her fascinating life. She confessed she loves historical fiction and my comments got her mind to buzzing.
For me there is no greater joy than encouraging writers. So many people have the ability and just need a little nudge to write. My whole purpose in creating Prevail Press is to make it easier to get a writer’s work to peak quality and launching it out there.
But you gotta write it first. I’m happy to talk to you to get your motor revving, buy only you can put it in drive and get ink on a page.
It’s funny, I always thought I’d have more time the older I got. Instead I’m busier. It’s harder to get to the keyboard with so many things demanding my time. Yet I am. Full time day job, full time publishing job, grown kids, two puppies, and a house and yard to take care of… but I’m still finding time to write.
What about you? What will it take to get you typing? I really want to know!
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