Inspiration for a novel can come out of nowhere. It’s funny how it hits you and usually at a time when you don’t have pen and paper to write it down. And then you scramble to find something, usually knocking over something (usually a drink or at least in my case it’s almost always something that makes a mess I’ll have to clean up later) and when you finally get pen and pad in hand you have to think really hard to remember what it was. And then it always feels like it doesn’t sound as good this go round.
Sigh. Yup, it’s happened to me many, many times. So, I’ve learned over the years to keep a pen and pad in my purse, one in my car and lately, one by my nightstand. You just never know when inspiration is going to strike.
My first novel The Devil’s Daughter was somewhat inspired by Sharon Stone in the movie The Quick and The Dead. Excellent movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw my character, Blaze first and really very vividly. The rest of the story came together much later. It took ages for this story to completely come together as it was one of the first books I’ve ever written.
I have been inspired by a single line in a book before—never used the same line—it was the tone of the line that struck me. And I immediately saw a character walking into darkness. Apparently, I write entire stories off one scene and a character lol. There seems to be a pattern here.
I recently took a trip to New Mexico. Beautiful part of the country, by the way, and lots of things to see. But the scenery inspired my latest work in progress. Several of the pictures I took inspired my newest novella The Texas Ranger’s Series. I haven’t decided on a set name yet so I’m going to leave you in the dark on that one.
You don’t like the dark you say? Sometimes, being in complete darkness can be one of the most inspiring moments in my day. Take a moment, turn off all the lights tonight, sit in the silence and let your imagination run.
Horseback riding or sitting outside communing with nature often inspires me, I don’t do it as much as I used to now that I’m living in a tiny apartment, but I can still very much remember the feelings nature evoke in me. Some people have a hobby or something that they do in their downtime and all too often, those moment of inspiration spring out of nowhere.
So tell me, what inspired your current work in progress or what was the most vivid moment of inspiration to you? Do you remember?