So not a super productive night on word count. I did some editing and rewrite over the last couple of hours. Still managed about 1200 words of new content. Probably netted another 300 in edits.
So the update?
Miranda doesn’t know what’s up. She was gone for a week but had promised him she would come back. When she went back to the clearing he wasn’t there. Hours passed and she was cold in the dark. He answered her with a few very pointed questions from the dark and that was the last she heard from him. She can tell he’s around but she is the only one in the house as far as she can tell. He doesn’t answer her. She’s confused and getting scared. She came here for him.
Where is he? What did she do? Does he come back? Does she leave again? She has so many questions and knows the answers are going to lead to more.
Good #writing night. 1500ish words on Michael and Miranda in a couple hours. She knows things aren’t quite normal with him but can’t figure him out. He’s perfect but too perfect. The strangeness of the valley, the house in the woods, the looking perfect but not quite right. Lots of questions and vague answers. Now she has to decide if she’s going back or not. #amwriting
Jason and his 7 have made first draft status. Now they get to relax for a bit. They clocked in just under 12,000 words. I’m sure after editing and rewrites they top that. My lovely wife will be ruthless with the edits and input but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Maybe some snip-its will show up here for your entertainment.
Now on to Michael and Miranda. This story started with 3 simple things from my wife – character age, sex and college course. It started as a verbal, on the fly story while we lay in bed and is now turning into quite the story. If it goes as expected it will probably turn into a two or three book series. This one will be a romantic fantasy. SO keep your eyes peeled! I’ll keep updates coming and maybe a snip-it here and there as well.
“All you need to do is hold on tight…and believe.” — Stephen King
If you are a #writer, especially new, you most definitely need to take the time to #read “On Writing” by Stephen King.
This was a question that was presented to me on GoodReads when I was working on setting up my profile. My inspiration really comes from a lot of places. I travel from time to time and sitting in the airport there are a lot of people coming and going. Sometimes I’ll sit there and just watch people. What are their mannerism? What do they look like? Where are they going or coming from? What’s their story? Married? Kids? This generates characters or sometimes a quick little snippet of a story. Maybe they’ll find their way into a story I’m working on or maybe they will generate another one.
Inspiration can came from public spaces or private conversations. My wife likes me to tell her stories when we’re falling asleep. She likes the sound of my voice. One night I asked her for three things – age, sex and school subject. Based of of that I began to tell her a story. That bedtime story is now being written and worked on for a future book.
SO… where do you, as a writer, get your inspiration? What triggers the story? I’d really like to hear what your thoughts are.