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Where Writers Really Get Their Ideas…Part 4

Guest post by Kelli A. Wilkins

Hi Everyone!

As we finish the “Where do you get your ideas?” blog series, here’s a short recap. Previously we learned that ideas are everywhere and story ideas often come from observing something. We also learned how to play the “what if” game to generate ideas, and how to go “in search of” an idea. In this blog, we’ll find out how to let ideas come to you.

Ideas are like butterflies…the more you chase after them, the faster they seem to flutter away. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to find a good story idea or the plot twist you’ve been searching for. This is what most people call “writers block” or getting “stuck” on a story. It’s a common ailment that happens to every writer, no matter what his or her experience or career level. So, how do you fight this blockage and move on with your story? That’s easy. You don’t.

Although this may sound contrary to getting your writing completed, every once in a while you have to let ideas come to you. Trying to “force” a story idea or plot element is counterproductive to the creative process. In most cases, it will leave you frustrated and banging your head against your desk. So instead of trying to hunt down the creative muse and make it give you what you’re looking for, let go and let the muse come to you.

How? Stop writing and do something else. Go for a walk, do yoga, meditate, take a nap, or listen to soothing music. (If you’re very motivated, you can even do housework.) Basically, you want to stop thinking about your writing. By giving your brain a rest and doing something else, you’re allowing your subconscious to mull over the problem.

Usually within a few hours (or sometimes overnight) the creative side of your mind will come up with the solution to your writing issue. Sometimes your answer will come to you in a dream. (If it does, be sure to write it down right away!) Giving yourself a break allows your “writing mind” to relax. Once the pressure’s off and you’ve had some down time, you’ll feel more energized, motivated, and inspired.

A great way to bring ideas to you is to practice freewriting. Get a piece of paper (or open a blank computer document) and just start writing whatever pops into your head. It can be groups of words, your stream of consciousness, or random thoughts. (You can even write a letter to your muse explaining the writing problem and ask for results.)

Practice freewriting for five minutes (or longer, if you enjoy it). Don’t worry if you can’t think of anything to write-you’re not trying to be creative or coherent, you’re just trying to let your mind relax. If you get stuck, try these prompts:

“Today is… (day of the week) and I am… (wherever you are) freewriting.”
“Yesterday I… (fill in with what you did, where you went, or what you ate).”
“I really like… (let your mind wander and write whatever you feel like).”
“I can’t stand… (rant and rave here – nobody needs to see it!)”
“Now I am doing freewriting and…” (fill in with whatever comes to mind, even if you write
“nothing, nothing, nothing” or “blah blah blah” for five minutes).

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to let ideas come to you. No matter what you’re writing, or how you go about finding ideas for your stories, you can’t force inspiration to appear-you have to allow it to gently flow to you. Once you have the idea, run with it and see where it leads you.

I hope you enjoyed this “inside look” on where writers really get their ideas. Every short story, magazine article, and novel starts off with a spark of an idea. But once a writer has the idea, he or she puts a personal spin on it and makes it his or her own. Put fifty writers in a room and give them the same idea (woman walking down the street carrying a suitcase) and they’ll come up with fifty (or more) different stories. Ideas start a story; it’s the author’s plot, characterization, dialogue, tone, and voice that bring it to life.

Happy Reading & Writing!
Kelli A. Wilkins

Kelli A. Wilkins divides her time between writing romance and horror. Her romances vary in genre and range from sensual to super-sizzling hot. Kelli invites readers to visit her website www.KelliWilkins.com and blog http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com to catch up on all her writings.

SFR Brigade Presents Hathor Legacy: Outcast

SFR Brigade Presents is a regular feature where authors post snippets of their published works and WIP.

Check out the other authors here and read more about their books!

This is an excerpt from my new book, “Hathor Legacy: Outcast” which is the first in a series.

This snippet is a continuation of last week’s scene. Jonathan and Nadira are caught between the person who robbed the mine and the security forces who are trying to force their way into the house. Nadira is using her telekinetic power to fight, but if she uses too much of it, her power will be drained.

The distraction was enough to give Ilana the advantage. Wrenching one of her hands free, she reached back and touched Jonathan’s leg.
“Yes, Jon, let me go!” Ilana mocked.

“AAAAGG!” Jonathan released her and fell back on the floor, his body trembling.
Ilana fell back and braced herself against the couch, kicking him as he writhed in pain. Nadira’s emotions surged through her as she focused her energy and threw out a blast.
Ilana screamed as it hit her hard enough to send her somersaulting over. Gripping her fingers into the carpet, she wrenched herself up.
Nadira felt her preparing for another energy blast. If she could get Nadira to spend her own energy, Ilana could overwhelm her.
Several of Matt’s guards ran through the foyer, their boots tramping against the hard marble floor. Nadira jumped back as the discharge from one of their weapons ricocheted.

In that instant, Ilana ran past her and out of the room.
“We have to get out of here!” Jonathan got to his feet, and joined Nadira at the door. “Zina must’ve called an entire security team.”

“I know.” Nadira’s struggled to catch her breath. “Jon, we can’t let Ilana go.”
“Then let’s get her.”


About the book…

On the planet, Hathor, a powerful group called the Guardians serves as the security force for Novacorp, the corporation that runs Hathor with its ruthless monopoly. Nadira, as one of the most powerful Guardians, is expected to use her intuition and telekinetic powers to keep the capital city safe from thieves and intruders.
Jonathan Keel, son of a mine CEO on the nearby planet, Astarte, is wealthy, privileged and used to getting what he wants. When his father goes missing after a robbery and explosion at the mine, he defies the authorities and heads to Hathor to search for him and for the robbers.

Security is on high alert and Nadira is charged with protecting Jon. She rescues him from an vicious attack and discovers that the Guardians have another agenda that has nothing to do with solving the crime.

Jonathan finds evidence of his father’s possible involvement, while his attraction to Nadira forces her to confront all she has known about being a Guardian, especially the rule to put duty before her personal feelings.

Struggling with their growing desires, and chased by company security, Jon and Nadira flee the city. But solving the crime leads them to endure betrayals from the people closest to them, as secrets are revealed that not only link their pasts but also threaten to destroy Jon’s family and separate him from Nadira forever.

Available on Amazon.com



The Hathor Legacy Outcast Book Tour Giveaway Winners are…

My virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions wrapped up on Wednesday 2/19. It was a great time and I enjoyed meeting everyone along the way.

Winners of a $25 Amazon gift card and 2 free hard copies of my book, Hathor Legacy: Outcast are:
 
1. Jane Bandy – $25 Amazon gift card Grand Prize 

2. Juliee Fitze – 1 free hard copy of Hathor Legacy: Outcast

3. Heather Baker
1 free hard copy of Hathor Legacy: Outcast

Susan Platt of Booklover Sue$25 Amazon gift card Host Prize 

Thanks everyone!


Book Tour with Goddess Fish – Booklover Sue

This is the last stop on my virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions.

Today my book will be featured on: Booklover Sue.

There’s a giveaway of a $25 Amazon gift card and 2 free hard copies of my book, Hathor Legacy: Outcast (to be awarded to 3 randomly chosen commenters at the end of the tour).

So stop by the blog and leave a comment or two and you’ll be entered to win!

Booklover Sue URL: http://bookloversue.blogspot.com/2014/02/spotlight-interview-and-giveaway-hathor.html

Book tour winners will be announced soon!

SFR Brigade Presents: Hathor Legacy Outcast

SFR Brigade Presents is a regular feature where authors post snippets of their published works and WIP.

Check out the other authors here and read more about their books!

This is an excerpt from my new book, “Hathor Legacy: Outcast” which is the first in a series.

In this snippet Jonathan and Nadira have arrived at the house where  the person who robbed the mine has been hiding. They expect to be able to solve the crime and turn the thief over to security. But the security team has also arrived at the house and they have other plans for everyone inside.

The window behind Nadira shattered into thousands of fragments, spewing shards of glass across the room.

“What the hell?” Jonathan threw himself across her. His body protecting her as another window blew out. Stunner fire echoed across the grounds, followed by the sound of a scream.
“Jon, what’s going on?” Nadira sat up, but found that Jonathan was refusing to let her sit up.
“Stay down. Someone’s firing into the house.” He lowered his head as a stunner discharge lit up the room. “We’ve got to get clear.”
He pulled her to her feet and rushed her towards the door. But just as they got there, she saw Ilana speeding down the stairs. Clutching the case, she was heading for the front door.
“You’re not going anywhere!” Nadira sent out a blast that hit Ilana and knocked her into the wall. The case flew out of her hand, landing in the middle of the foyer. Ilana slid down on the floor.
Jon dashed over and grabbed the case. “I’ll take that.”
Ilana narrowed her eyes at Nadira. “You don’t learn do you?” Struggling to her feet, she fell back against the wall again, her chest heaving.


About the book…

On the planet, Hathor, a powerful group called the Guardians serves as the security force for Novacorp, the corporation that runs Hathor with its ruthless monopoly. Nadira, as one of the most powerful Guardians, is expected to use her intuition and telekinetic powers to keep the capital city safe from thieves and intruders.
Jonathan Keel, son of a mine CEO on the nearby planet, Astarte, is wealthy, privileged and used to getting what he wants. When his father goes missing after a robbery and explosion at the mine, he defies the authorities and heads to Hathor to search for him and for the robbers.

Security is on high alert and Nadira is charged with protecting Jon. She rescues him from an vicious attack and discovers that the Guardians have another agenda that has nothing to do with solving the crime.

Jonathan finds evidence of his father’s possible involvement, while his attraction to Nadira forces her to confront all she has known about being a Guardian, especially the rule to put duty before her personal feelings.

Struggling with their growing desires, and chased by company security, Jon and Nadira flee the city. But solving the crime leads them to endure betrayals from the people closest to them, as secrets are revealed that not only link their pasts but also threaten to destroy Jon’s family and separate him from Nadira forever.

Available on Amazon.com



Book Tour with Goddess Fish – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews

For the next week I’ll be on a virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions.

Today my book will be featured on: My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews.

There’s a giveaway of a $25 Amazon gift card and 2 free hard copies of my book, Hathor Legacy: Outcast (to be awarded to 3 randomly chosen commenters at the end of the tour).

So stop by the blog and leave a comment or two and you’ll be entered to win!

My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews URL: 
http://mytangledskeinsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/02/deborah-baileys-hathor-legacy-outcast.html#more

Here’s the remaining stop on the tour:

February 19: Booklover Sue

SFR Brigade Presents: “Hathor Legacy: Outcast”

SFR Brigade Presents is a regular feature where authors post snippets of their published works and WIP.

Check out the other authors here and read more about their books!

This is an excerpt from my new book, “Hathor Legacy: Outcast” which is the first in a series.

This snippet continues the scene from last week. Jonathan and Nadira (being pursued by security) have been hiding in an abandoned house waiting for the storm to pass. Now the storm is over, but the security team is much closer than they thought.

“It’s almost sundown. We’d better get going,” she said, as she rolled her shirtsleeves down.

“Too bad I didn’t stay awake.”  Jon pulled his boots on. “We could’ve done something else to pass the time.”

She narrowed her eyes at him, the hint of a smile on her lips. “We didn’t have time for that.”

“There’s always time for that,” he replied, slipping into his shirt.

“Jonathan, you are just–”

WHIRRRRR

“Damn it! What’s that noise?” From deep inside he felt a vibration scraping his nerve endings. Wincing, he ran to the window.

There was nothing out there but a flock of brown birds gliding across the water.

“I don’t hear anything,” Nadira said, as she reached out to him.

Jon rushed out of the room and was halfway down the stairs before he heard Nadira’s footsteps behind him. The door swung open and he bolted out onto the sand.

A black aircar was slowly heading in their direction. It was hovering lower to the ground than usual, probably scanning the area as it traveled.

“It’s Zina. Hurry, Jon you have to go find Matt’s house. It can’t be much further now. I’ll get her to stop.”

“No,” Jonathan said. “We’re going together.”



About the book…

On the planet, Hathor, a powerful group called the Guardians serves as the security force for Novacorp, the corporation that runs Hathor with its ruthless monopoly. Nadira, as one of the most powerful Guardians, is expected to use her intuition and telekinetic powers to keep the capital city safe from thieves and intruders.
Jonathan Keel, son of a mine CEO on the nearby planet, Astarte, is wealthy, privileged and used to getting what he wants. When his father goes missing after a robbery and explosion at the mine, he defies the authorities and heads to Hathor to search for him and for the robbers.

Security is on high alert and Nadira is charged with protecting Jon. She rescues him from an vicious attack and discovers that the Guardians have another agenda that has nothing to do with solving the crime.

Jonathan finds evidence of his father’s possible involvement, while his attraction to Nadira forces her to confront all she has known about being a Guardian, especially the rule to put duty before her personal feelings.

Struggling with their growing desires, and chased by company security, Jon and Nadira flee the city. But solving the crime leads them to endure betrayals from the people closest to them, as secrets are revealed that not only link their pasts but also threaten to destroy Jon’s family and separate him from Nadira forever.

Available on Amazon.com



Book Tour with Goddess Fish – It’s Raining Books

For the next 2 weeks I’ll be on a virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions.

Today my book and my author interview will be featured on: It’s Raining Books.

There’s a giveaway of a $25 Amazon gift card and 2 free hard copies of my book, Hathor Legacy: Outcast (to be awarded to 3 randomly chosen commenters at the end of the tour).

So stop by the blog and leave a comment or two and you’ll be entered to win!

It’s Raining Books URL:  
http://www.its-raining-books.blogspot.com

Here are the remaining stops on the tour:

February 12: My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews
February 19: Booklover Sue