The subtitle of this blog article is "It Just Came to Me!" I'm turning over the blog to Vicki Batman today for her article on inspiration for books.
"It Just Came to Me!"
I'm always asked where do you get your ideas for stories?
Ideas can be found everywhere--a phrase, a word, a journal post, a look, something overheard in a restaurant, something spoken on television...lots of places. Something in my head goes boing! and I scribble it down.
I began writing shorts after critiquing for a friend. I guess osmosis set in because the next thing I knew, I'd written a whole bunch.
Over the years, I've had many stories published in magazines and thru e-publishers. However one magazine, Woman's World, has eluded me. It isn't because my stuff is awful. Woman's World receives over two hundred submissions per week. Some of mine have been commented on; some kept for several months (the longer the better). And others...they were returned quickly. LOL
So what does an author do with those stories? I've published them for free reads. Expanded into longer stories and then, sold them.
However, when the indie wave intensified, I got a badabing! idea--why not put several stories together into a small book?
So I did. My baby is born--"Little Birdie Who...and Other Stories."
Here's a tiny blurb from each story in "Little Birdie Who" and what inspired that story:
"Little Birdie Who"--a new resident helps her next door neighbor rescue a little bird, but who is the birdie worth keeping?
Handsome and I actually rescued a little bird stuck on a pest strip in our garage.
"Check Her Out"--Gum: it’s a sticky situation, especially between a store manager and Auntie Caren when her nephew has to pay for the package he stole.
I know someone whose son stole gum several times when he was five. Her rendition (and exasperation) stayed in my head and I just had to tell the tale.
"This is NOT Working"--Who knew Day One at a new job would begin so badly and end with possibilities?
Who hasn't had a horrible day at a new job, but to make it a first day ramped up the heroine's awful situation. And someone near and dear said he forgot to turn on his computer one day, and it nearly drove him crazy.
So if you are sitting in a café, airport lounge, or do something crazy, you might be overheard by a writer and become an inspiration for the next bestseller!
Little Birdie Who is COMING SOON!
Available Now:Twinkle Lights
When the owner of a Christmas tree stand has a heart attack, a do-gooder and a reformed delinquent turned lawyer fall under the holiday spirit and staff the business. The two-some meet the everyday challenges of running the establishment and through their close association, began to care for each other. When the revenue goes missing, fingers are pointed.
Buy link: http://is.gd/9e9Nv7
About the Author
Vicki Batman kicks back with a diet Coke and--hopefully--is weaving writing magic.
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