It's an exciting day for Elizabeth Seckman, whose book HEALING SUMMER is being released. To celebrate she's hosting a blog tour, and my blog is one of the stops! Today she's here at my blog today to talk about where her story ideas come from.
Thanks for having me over. And for taking it easy on me. I mean where do I get my story ideas from? That’s a piece of cake!
I get them out of thin air. I mean ideas are EVERYWHERE! To catch them all, I carry a purse size notebook with me everywhere I go. If I think of an idea, I jot it down. I have blog ideas, book ideas, and cool colors for my basement in there. And I keep them all. I have looked back over things I have scribbled years ago and I’ve been amazed…sometimes at my genius; sometimes at my stupidity. But out of every pile of trash, there is bound to be a treasure.
See, my problem isn’t the ideas. My problem is reigning them in and forcing them to be still long enough to set them in any sort of sequential order that might resemble a plot. It’s like going from lightning strike to brain storm to setting out sand bags to reinforce the brain levees and prevent flooding.
I have to use a narrowing down process, and I do this mainly while I’m working on mundane tasks. Mowing the lawn is my favorite place. I need time with my thoughts without interruption. A quiet room, I go to sleep. Doing dishes, someone asks for food. Take a walk and people stop to say hi. Yard work is the perfect escape. No one interrupts a lawn mower. You might give him the job!
Other good places are: driving in the car (alone); waiting on the sandman; waiting on the doctor; waiting on the dentist; waiting in line at the DMV…or just anywhere that daydreaming is allowed.
That’s pretty much all writing is. Daydreaming.
Imagine it. Write it. Edit it. You’re done.
Hope that helps ;)
It sure does! Thanks so much Elizabeth for stopping by - it was great to hear more about where you get your inspiration for your lovely lurve stories. Thanks for having me as a blog tour host!
Maybe love, not time, heals all wounds
Ditched at the altar…biopsied for cancer… Mollie Hinkle is having a bona fide bitch of a summer. When life sucks so hard it takes your breath away, what's a girl to do?
Pack a bag, grab a few friends, and leave the past and the worry in the rear view mirror.
What wounds can’t be healed by a drive across the Heartland, where quarter flips at cross roads determine the route and the future?
All roads lead to Craig, the second son and bad boy of the haughty Coulter line. Has fate brought her to the miniscule Montana town to find happily ever after or will it just break her heart?
“Healing Summer” is the second book in the Coulter Men Series.
Healing Summer blog tour
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