Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Writer's Idea Thesaurus

I haven't read a lot of it, but it's definitely a great book!! I highly recommend it!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

What To Do With Your Good Idea?

Okay, so you got your good idea. It's fabulous and you love it. It's always in your head and you can't stop thinking about it. This is where we begin to write. Write down your whole story. If you know some detail and want to add it, then that's fine. If you're not sure about a particular part, then be vague and fill in the details later. Right now you are just writing down the story line. You're figuring out the flow of the story as well as any sub-plots and especially how they tie together in the end. You don't have to write a lot. I generally write a page front and back. This is your road map and reference point to help guide you. As you begin to write your rough draft, you may notice that new situations emerge or that the main writing diverts from this base a bit. That's okay. Nothing is set in stone. This is just a general guideline.

Feel free to maybe draw some pictures or doodle or sketch a particular place or person. It truly is up to you. Whatever you are thinking about the story, just categorize it in a particular place or chapter or order so that when you begin writing, you have little clues along the way to help stay on the path. 

Of course, everyone does things in their own way. Above all else...


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

How To Come Up With Story Ideas For Your Book | Part 2

This is part 2 of the video below. Totally off point, Kristen Martin reminds me so much of my niece. LOL

Anyway, this is another great video with really sound advice. Two of her ideas that were really good were workplace drama and people watching. I love hearing about workplace drama, but I really don't get caught up into it so I hear a lot of stuff that could always be used to twist around and form into something. People watching is another great activity of mine that is great for not only daydreaming about what those people are doing and the life that live, but also dreaming up different kinds of characters. Look at all the inspiration you have around you!!! Do you want a good exercise? Take a notebook outside and the first person you see watch them. Not creepy, stalker watch them. But casually when they're not aware. Then write a quick story about them. You can keep it short, but very detailed and creative.

One more way of getting story ideas...letting your mind wander. My mind wanders way too much. It's hard to reel it in!!! A great example was yesterday, I was walking through downtown Annapolis in Maryland. I was looking down at the rumply bricks that make up the sidewalk. The bricks are so old so I start wondering who else has walked on these bricks. Has George Washington ever walked on the exactly bricks I was walking on? Was I walking in George Washington's footsteps!?! I was walking with my daughter's friend talking about this and she added that she had family in the civil war and they were pretty well known, but they weren't nice people so no one talked about them. Hmmmm, what kinda of historical fiction story could come out of that!!

What kind of stories are floating around you as you go through your daily life?

Monday, July 23, 2018

How To Come Up With Story Ideas For Your Book | Part 1

This is a nice video from author Kristen Martin. She goes into a little more formality with coming up with book ideas like beginning with genre, age and theme. This could definitely be a second step to just simple mindless idea jotting. Kristen's method is a great way to start tying things together.

The one thing she mentioned when she was talking about age is certain taboo subjects. She mentioned shying away from drugs, sex or drinking. I have a different opinion. I think that as long as the story is showing these situations in a cautionary or non-popular light, then it's probably okay. Not saying you won't attract negativity, but I respect authors who push boundaries. It's your choice, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it for a first book.

Kristen also recommends a book called the Writers Idea Thesaurus. Yeah! I'm intrigued too!! Amazon link is below!!

Lastly, Kristen goes into what to do with those ideas after the brain has stormed. We'll get more into that next week!


First, let me apologize for the length of time that I have been away. I can't believe my last post was March! My goal is to post at least once a week. I do appreciate everyone who has checked back.

Second, since it has been so long and we left off with what to do with ideas, then let's keep going on that track. Let's try a little brainstorming. Go on your camera or phone and pick out the last 5 pictures you took. Start jotting down ideas that could become a story. You could use bullets or doodles. You could use different colored pens or highlighters. Whatever brings out your inner genius. This is just a small exercise to get the ideas flowing. If you're in that dreaded condition called writers' block, then this is a great way to unstick those gears. Walk away from what you are stuck on and find some pictures to just imagine or daydream about. Come back to what you were doing later. Some time away from a manuscript is MUCH better that staring at it hours with a blank mind!!

Next week: What To Do With Your Good Idea

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

When Ideas Come A'Knockin'

  Where do book ideas come from? They really can come from about anywhere! I read somewhere that Stephenie Meyer dreamt her Twilight saga. What a dream that must have been! Book ideas can come from the environment. I was in a bamboo forest the other day and boy did the ideas start flowing. What could live in a place like this? What if I was all alone and lost? Another muse is the past. Writing is a great way to relive the past or even foresee the future. Was there an event or time in your life that you wish had gone differently? Imagination is a glorious world where stories live. Writers give them a life of their own. Whatever idea you come up with there are two important points to remember ~ 1) make sure your ideas are truly yours and 2) devote yourself to your idea.

     I make a practice to never write what I 'm reading. I can make loose notes of a future book, but I never begin outlining a new story. An example would be what I'm currently reading. I'm two books into the Twilight saga so I won't be writing about vampires anytime soon. Of course, I would never intentionally plagiarize, but my vampires would be scary similar to the Cullens and I wouldn't truly feel that my work is my own creation.

     Your book idea should be your passion. It should be like your favorite pair of jeans. If anyone asked you a question about your book, then you should be able to answer it in a second. Your idea should be familiar and comfortable. By knowing in your mind how your story plays out, planning it will be easier.

     Once you have an idea, write down everything you have in your head from settings to people to conversations. Just jot down notes without formalities. I, personally, use bullets. Sometimes ideas can come in a rush. Never deny a possible project so record that idea. I keep all of my ideas in a notebook. I can't be sure they'll all become something, but they are all possibilities.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

25 Mistakes that Peg You as an Amateur Writer

This is a great video and I'll definitely be posting more of them. I've read a few beginning writings and have seen most of these mistakes. This is wise advice. If you are working through a manuscript then I highly suggest taking a moment and checking to see if you have any of these common mistakes.