The number one question I get now that my book, “Crossroads Through Time” has been published is, “How did you get the idea for the story?”
The next thing I hear is, “I’ve thought of writing, but I have no idea what I’d write about.”
If that sounds like you, look at the picture of the bridge. Where is it going? Why is it there? Will there be danger or happiness at the end it? Start with an idea, or find a picture that stimulates your imagination.
I once thought you had to have a worthy skill if you wanted people to read what you had to say. Certainly, we all learn much from those that have been there…done that. BUT, you don’t have to be extremely knowledgeable in a particular field to write. You also don’t need to have had a terrible tragedy, or experienced rapturous love to evoke emotion from the reader.
All you need is an imagination, and we all have that!
Don’t get caught up in the technical aspects of writing, it will screw up your mojo! When I first started to write, I was reading different articles and blogs telling me that I should take this writing course or that program before attempting or even thinking of writing a book. I knew the more I listened to others opionions on the how-to’s, I’d be more worried about technical issues than letting the story flow on it’s own. Because every writer has their own style. Let yours be unique to you. Don’t let others dictate what it should be! And, don’t worry about the spelling and editing. There’s always someone who can do that for you. There are even online editors to help like Grammarly.
If writing has been on your mind, but you don’t have any idea what you’d write about, find a picture that intrigues you and just write. See where your imagination takes you.
When I started my book, I had no idea where it would lead. I had never attempted writing a book, and until recently, (last few years), had no interest in writing at all!
I knew the book would be about choices and I had my main character, Genevieve. Other than that, I let inspiration take the lead and what resulted was a beautiful story that has brought many to tears as they”ve read it, and given hope and comfort in a time when negativity seems to be coming from all directions.
So, when I’m asked that question, “Where did I get the idea for my book?” I can only say that I was a conduit for receiving ideas and words that often made me pause as the inspiration was beyond what I ever imagined I could write. I found that when I tried to force an idea, I’d lose the connection and the story lost its vision. So, I let only inspired imagination be my guide. It’s the only thing you need.
Find a quiet place, trust in your great imagination and start writing!