Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Voices of Fiction - Where do you get your ideas - Wrap Up

Welcome to another edition of Voices of Fiction.

Over the last few weeks, the authors have shared their secret vaults of ideas. From movies to music, books to dreams, and personal experiences to conversations, the sources for ideas are many.

A writer puts pen to paper (fingers to keyboard) and creates, pulling from his own personal vault. Each container may contain similar items, but each author will pull a different story than another.

Where do you get your ideas?

My vault is full of random items – pieces of dreams, random visions, and muddled thoughts. Each story begins with a single idea, but the complete piece is created through many items found in the vault.

Escape to Love began with a 10-minute writing exercise based on the genre paranormal romance. The writing turned into a vision of two figures struggling in a dark void. The man determined to save the woman pulls her to him. Escaping his hold, she falls through thin air. From there the questions began. Who was he? Who was she? What was the void capturing them both? When she landed, where would she be? And so on, until a story came into view.

One of my stories, still under construction, began with a single vision. I was sitting on my front porch, and the image of a woman running came to mind. The questions began. Where was she running? Would something interrupt her daily run? What would be shocking enough to do this? Would it put her in danger? How? And so on.

The idea, for me, is the most wonderful part of being a writer. You are the recipient of amazing images and thoughts, and then you create them into a form you can share with others.

Thank you all for joining us as we explored our vaults of ideas. Next week, we'll begin exploring another topic on "Voices of Fiction." Feel free to join in.

Readers send questions to chergreen@chergreen.com, Subject: Voices of Fiction Question, and have them answered by the participating authors in later editions.

There’s also room for more authors to participate. Drop me an email, Subject: Voices of Fiction.


Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I love how the mind works.

Cher Green said...

Yes, it is a wonderful thing. :) Well, unless it belongs to a serial killer.

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