Friday, June 10, 2011

STEWING IN YOUR OWN JUICES




I like that phrase. Sometimes, for me, that's what my story ideas do before I can ever put them on paper. Other times an idea strikes and I can turn a story out in no time. Note these are usually flash fiction. I think the longer stories need to stew a bit in my brain. Or is my brain stewing?

The other day, while watching television, possibly True Blood, a picture popped into my mind. It made me say "Oh!" causing my niece to give me a funny look. I explained that the next John Dunham's Diary story idea had just popped into my mind. WooHoo. I managed to get that idea on paper, but that's about it so far. I think it's time for the story to stew...

Given the fact that I almost live and breath John, I think that is good. His entire story is waiting to be written, but there is too much to go into one novel.

I love reading series, because I am never willing to let go of the characters that I have lived with for the time it took me to read the book. So, I am thrilled that John's story doesn't want to end with the first one. Yes, I know John gave birth in Twilight Dance, but that story may never see the light of day.

How do your story ideas come to you?

3 comments:

Diandra said...

Usually, I have a sentence or a picture in my head and have to write something to get it out of there. Usually I don't know what will happen/has happened, and discover everything while writing.

The protagonist for my next novel, however, has been nagging me for quite some time, but I want to finish the current project first. Maybe in a month I will have time to properly listen to her...

Y-City Writers Forum said...

Those pesky characters have ways of making themselves known even at inconvenient times. Good luck, Diandra

Rita L. Smith said...

Oh, that last comment was from me. I forgot to sign off of the Y-City Writers account.