Wednesday, August 16, 2017

There’s No Place Like Home by Christina Lorenzen

For writers, the perfect story idea is their lifeblood. Oftentimes, writers are faced with two battles at the complete opposite ends. There’s the battle where one can’t seem to come up with a good idea. Similar to writer’s block, where the words just won’t come, those are the trying times when you just can’t come up with a good idea for your next story. It just seems like everything has been done before. Then there’s the battle of having too many ideas and you can’t decide which one to choose. Usually, most writers fear going with the wrong idea and spending countless days writing only to hit a wall. Too quickly that right idea is all wrong.

When you’re searching for the next great story idea to write, sometimes, like the old saying goes, ‘there’s no place like home’. Last night I was flipping through my writer’s notebook. I started keeping a writer’s notebook several years ago when I saw another author mention it on her blog. This small notebook fits in my purse and goes everywhere I go. You never know when you might come up with a spark of an idea, a great sentence or character. Chances are if you don’t write it down right away you won’t remember it when you want to. While thumbing through my notebook, I noticed some of my notes for my newest releases, Healings Seas and The Silvershell Beach Inn (to be released late August). Though my chicken scratch makes me wonder if I couldn’t have entered the medical field, I was able to make out something that stopped me in my tracks. I had written down two things – Grandma Dorothea’s favorite movie and Nana’s famous Canja soup. Those were both distinct things I remembered about two very special grandmothers in my family.

While many times we’re looking for the next one of a kind, unique, never been done before story, the stories that sometimes click are the ones closest to our hearts. Like Dorothy found out in the classic story, The Wizard of Oz, sometimes what we’re looking for is in our own backyards. When I remembered how much my husband’s  grandmother loved the movie the Titanic, an event that happened the year she was born, the idea for Healing Seas, my first historical romance, was born. When my cousin and I were reminiscing about summers on the beach and our grandmother’s Canja soup (a Portuguese dish) in Marion, Massachusetts, the idea for The Silvershell Beach Inn nearly wrote itself. Because these two stories were born from my own memories, the words flowed and there was no wall to hit. And because they came from my own life, I knew they had never been done before.

There really is no place like home. What sweet memories might make the perfect story for you to write? 


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Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head.
Rapunzel’s Lighthouse is Christina’s sixth book. Her next release, The Silvershell Beach Inn, will be released August 2017 from Forget Me Not Romances. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.

11 comments:

  1. Christina! It's great to see you here! Love sweet memories to pull stories from. I like the idea of a writers' notebook. Sometimes a sentence will pop in my mind, or a great character name, and then by the time I remember I had thought of something to write down, I've forgotten what it was. Thanks for that idea!

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    1. Sally, thank you for stopping by! Great to see you too:) I know exactly what you mean. A writers notebook would be perfect for you and it can be whatever size suits you best. Happy to see you here!

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  2. I love the idea of the writers' notebook. I need to get me one.

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    1. Elaine, thanks for stopping by. Have fun choosing your writers notebook. It took me time to pick one from so many choices. I hope it will help you too.

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  3. I always have a small notebook with me - I never know when an idea will come. Other things Sometimes I write notes in the notepad on my phone or send myself an e-mail from my phone. If I don't write it down, it's too easy to forget those nuggets of inspiration. ;-)

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    1. Hi Dawn! Great minds think alike :) On occasion I've used my phone, but I'll confess I'm old school and prefer a good old paper notebook. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I use a notebook app on my Kindle Fire. Love it, because I can create different books for different subjects or stories.

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    1. Sandra, I wish the Kindle paper white had apps like that. But I wonder if that's available for the iPad? I do a similar thing (again with paper notebooks) in that I create a novel notebook for every book I'm writing. Lots of notes go into those. But I'd love to check out that app.

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    2. It's just called "Notebooks" and the image is a pile of books. I know it's available in the Amazon store, but not sure you can get it for an Apple product. It allows you to create as many notebooks as you want (each with up to 100 pages, I think), choose your cover, and name them. I don't download many apps, but I'm glad I chose that one.

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  5. Chris, I love the notebook idea! I'd have to say some of my favorite memories from childhood that could be used on a book is when my sister and I stayed with my grandma. We'd watch late night movies and talk about everything. I remember the picture of Jesus hanging on her living room wall. She told me once that picture allowed her to witness to everyone of her grandchildren.

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    1. Thanks Terri. That's a lovely memory from your childhood. I'm so grateful I got to spend a lot of time with my grandparents. Priceless memories like your own. Who knows when you might be able to use that scene in a story? Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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