So, I asked the question…”If you could ask me anything…” on my social media sites and it seems that everyone wants to know about how/what/when/where am I inspired, where I write, and how I started writing. Let’s see if I can answer all of your questions.
: something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone
: a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something
: a good idea
Well, for me, personally, I tend to think my way of thinking is different from others, but I’m sure someone will agree with me somewhere along the line and say that I’m not alone in the way my brain works.
I do not write with an outline. I just…can’t do it. Now, I do have a general idea of the outcome of the book and where I want the end to be, but that doesn’t always work. I cannot, will not, and refuse to sit down and write with no ideas in my head. If I hear white noise in my brain, I tend to find something else to do until an idea presents itself. I’ve tried to make the words come and I end up writing something that just doesn’t make sense or is just kind of…blah.
So, as far as inspiration…I have so many things that inspire me. Most of you already know I love music. Music inspires me, not just the words, but the sound. I love getting into “the zone” when listening to music and writing. For me, that is my subspace. (Subspace is a BDSM term. If you are unsure, please look it up, because I am no expert on that, but to me my zone is my own equivalent to subspace). When an idea strikes, I simply write. (Sometimes, I will get into my zone and then look up and it’s two hours later.) I visualize the scene in my head and try to describe it as well as I can so that you can see what I am seeing.
Other inspirations are just simple things that I turn into larger things. For example, (this is the way my brain works…don’t judge me)…I see a table in a magazine. I think, “Oh, that would look good in red”…then “Red reminds me of my car.”…”Oh, I love Audi’s.”….”OH! Kane would drive an Audi!”….”OHHH! Kane would drive a silver Audi!” BAM! That’s how my brain works…LOL
Other times, I come up with a scenario and work outward from there. It’s like building blocks of the mind. I take a walk in the park and build it to involve a marriage proposal or seeing an ex-lover. It could even be seeing a mugging…to a car wreck. It just all depends what my brain throws at me at the time.
Where do I write? In my recliner, when the kids are at school, and my husband is at work. I do not write on the weekends. Usually because everyone is home and I can’t have any quiet time. Now, if I get a really good idea, I will jump on my laptop and get it written down, because I have a horrible case of short-term memory loss and I will forget something about thirty seconds after I have the original thought.
What made me start writing? Boredom…LOL. No, really. My husband was active duty Air Force and was deployed for 10 months to Iraq in 2008-2009. My friend and I were discussing things I should do to pass the time and she suggested I write a book. I seriously laughed so hard I almost cried. After we sobered, I said… “What the hell? I could try.” Well, I did and I found that I loved it! But I refused to let anyone read it. I did let some friends read a few passages, but I kept it to myself, because I am my own worst critic.
So, for the next four + years, I wrote on and off and finally after the idea for Glory Days struck, I was encouraged by my BFF to publish. I can tell you that when I first put out “Sing to Me“, I was so nervous that I was sick to my stomach. I finally closed my eyes and jumped in with both feet first. Now, I’m about to finish my first series and I still get a bad case of nerves every time I put out a new release. I don’t think I will ever not be nervous putting out a book.
I hope I answered some of your questions and gave you a little peek into my brain and my writing life.
Thank you all!