What inspires you to write? Where do your ideas come from?
Many people have a ritualistic approach to writing: the desk has to be uncluttered, the coffee cup set just so, the temperature of the room must be right and the air pressure steady. Some people listen to classical music, or silence or hip-hop or whatever makes their synapses zing…
Of course, I am kidding. Or am I!
I keep a notebook on hand or my iPad to jot down ideas or descriptions that pop into my head at random times. I am not one of those super serious authors who will wake up in the middle of the night to write half a novel because they are inspired. Nope, my time to sleep is when I close my eyes, and SLEEP. My ideas come when a word in a conversation triggers a thought or a memory, or some visual stimulation has woken up some intangible, diaphanous ribbon of thought that feels the need to be expressed.
My stories are pulled out of the ether, but I admit, I do love to write historical fiction that entails constant research. I want things to be as accurate as possible, so I include my references at the back of the book in case someone wants to verify what I have written.
My first book, Storm in the Rockies also included some research: I had never been to Alabama, and I somehow happened to choose the city of Bon Secours because I needed a setting close to the ocean. Thank goodness for Google maps!
My second book, Genghis Khan, My Brother: The Story of Temulin entailed vast amounts of research and although I began the novel as a NaNoWriMo project, I continued working on it after I had reached the 50,000 word objective. It took me another two years of writing, researching and editing to complete.
So, how do I write?
I prefer my desk to be fairly tidy so that I have space for my notebook. I prefer silence. I drink tea occasionally…perhaps once a day. I treat my writing like a job. I am dressed, have had breakfast and like to start at 9 a.m. Lunch time is between 12 and 2 and it includes a nap.. I stop at 5 or sometimes 6 p.m. Pretty regimented, huh?
What do you do?
I invite your comments, please share!