Today I thought I would talk a little about inspirations. As a writer I am always amazed at what can trigger a story. It can be the smallest and most unexpected thing – a phrase, a place, a picture or even a piece of jewellery.
I also discovered that ideas will come at the most inopportune times – generally when I’m walking in the gardens (the only time I don’t carry a notebook) or in the shower (yep, no notebook there either) or of course in the moment you are about to fall asleep.
But sometimes the inspiration appears as soon as you come across a physical article. My time travel story, Until the Stars Burn Cold all started because I stumbled across an interesting silver ring. Whereas Capturing Bliss came into being because I had been reading an article on arranged marriages during the medieval period.
Of course, some ideas will come from the less tangible world of feelings. How you feel in that particular moment and what would a character do if she felt the very same way?
I drew upon memories to write my latest work. My mother was a dancer and I spent a lot of time as a child backstage in an atmospheric Victorian period theatre. Really, thinking back how could I not write a story about it? So for Dancing on Air, I have mixed memory with history and of course romance.
My newest work in progress was inspired by a picture. I was looking for some images to buy for a trailer when I came across a picture in Bigstock. It made me pause, stare and think. A traditional Celtic song spun around in my head and after a few minutes I not only had an idea but a plot line and a title. I had a fairytale. And yes, I bought the image... see above.
So how does inspiration strike you?
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