The question is always the same. Every time I tell a non-writer that I am a published author the question is bound to come up.
Where do you get your ideas?
Funny, other writers never ask me this question because we all know the answer…everywhere. But saying “everywhere” to a non-writer isn’t really a great answer. So today I thought I would share a recent inspirational or “ah ha” moment that sprouted a book idea.
Everyone’s writing process is different. For me it all starts with one scene and then like a seed from a flower grows from there. For example, I just watched the move, Friends With Kids. Now the movie wasn’t my all-time favorite, not even one that I would watch again, but as a writer I had to give, Jennifer Westfeldt, the writer of Friends With Kids, props. She wrote a traditional romantic comedy, but without falling into all the romantic comedy clichés.
The last scene in particularly got me. This is the typical scene where boy tells girl he really does love her and that she has been the one all along. But instead of saying some trite dialogue the male lead says, “I’m going to f*&k the s*#t out of you. Please let me f&^k the s#*t out of you.”
Not the typical romantic dialogue, to say the least.
Reading this without seeing the movie we might rightly assume the male lead is a dick. (Well, he is mainly.) But in the whole context of the movie it actually worked for me. So this got me thinking. How do I get an unsympathetic hero to move through his character arc so well that by the end of the story my hero can say, “I want to f*#k the s#*t out of you,” to the heroine and we the reader would still be rooting for him?
Hence, the story idea is born.
I love a challenge. I love flawed and tortured characters. I love seeing heroes and heroines move toward better versions of themselves. These are the stories I like to read. These are the stories I love to create.
What about you? What type of stories or characters do you like to read or write about? What inspires you to create?
I love living my dream of writing romance novels, and I love sharing my dream with readers. If you like gritty, sexy, on the edge or your seat have to find out what happens next romance novels than check out my book, DARK FUTURE. You can download it to your Kindle here or your Nook here. If hot cowboys, honorable heroes, and sexy love stories is how you roll, please check out my newest release, TEXAS WIDE OPEN. You can pre-order it for your Kindle here or Nook here.
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