Thursday, June 21, 2018

Story Ideas by Terri Weldon

Have you ever read a book and wondered where or how the author came up with the idea? Boy I have – on more than one occasion. And usually right after that I’m wondering why I don’t have their story genius. 

Ideas for books often come to me in strange places. I came up with one story idea while having my hair done. What would happen if my hair dresser decided to give me my final haircut and then kill me? Frustrated with a job I had at the time, I came up with the idea of a woman whose actions propel her career forward in a most dishonest way. And I’ve had so many story ideas pop into my mind in the shower that I wish I could find a waterproof notepad!

I have more story ideas then I’ll ever be able to write. In fact, there are so many that I’ve been reduced to keeping them in a file labeled ideas in my desk. You never know when they’ll come in handy. Oh, I wish I was productive enough to pen the plethora of books those ideas represent. While that’s doubtful I still keep them. 

A friend of mine who is a much more prolific writer than I am says she never has more than one idea at a time. She believes God provides the ideas as she needs them. It is obviously working for her, she’s a wonderful author who publishes steadily. 

What about you? Where do you come up with your story ideas? Are you like me and have ideas waiting in the wings? Or are you like my friend and only have one idea at a time? I hope you’ll leave a comment and let me know.


The Matchmakers: A Match Made In Sheffield

Natalie Benton bounced from one foster home to another until she landed on Ellie Alexander’s doorstep. Her vagabond childhood caused her to yearn for a secure life, which led to Natalie’s five-year plan:  complete her law degree, marry the perfect man, become a partner at Montgomery, Haynes, and Preston, and produce one child. Getting arrested wasn’t in Natalie’s plan. Needing a public defender wasn’t in her plan. Falling for Grady Hunter, her public defender, definitely wasn’t in her plan. Can Grady convince Natalie there is more to life than her five-year plan? Is Ellie the only one who sees a future for Natalie and Grady?

Amazon Buy Link: The Matchmakers
   
Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and shopping for shoes – a habit she really needs to break. Problem is they make new, cute ones every season. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has two adorable Westies – or they have her, she’s never sure which. Terri is a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her dream of becoming a published author came true when her novella Mistletoe Magic was published. 

17 comments:

  1. I feel like I have more ideas right now than I know what to do with. And showers are such creative places. They should be made large enough for a desk. :)

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    1. If I don't write mine down, I'll forget them. I have a notepad and pen (that writes) beside my bed for my 3 a.m. ideas. And Sandy, they make a notepad for the shower now! Amazon has a full page of them. (No news about the desk though. Sorry!)

      Great post, Terri!

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    2. A larger desk! *Snarf* You made me laugh.

      ~ Yvonne

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    3. Sandy, glad to hear I'm not the only shower thinker! Love the desk idea. It seems no matter how many ideas I have I can't resist jotting down new ones.

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    4. Angie, thank you for telling me about the notepads for showers. I'm seriously going to have to get one! I'm like you, if I don't write it down I forget all about it.

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  2. Great post, Terri! I have so many ideas. I've got several stories started, but after deciding which one I was going to work on, I just concentrate on one story at a time. Ideas come sometimes while I'm running. I can't run with a notepad and pen, and then trying to run and write at the same time? That won't work lol. I need a transcriber to run with me to jot down what I say. I don't run with my phone, and I couldn't type out what I was thinking and run at the same time either.

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    1. Sally, first let me say I’m impressed by anyone who actually runs! Could you speak into your phone? Mine takes voice memos.

      And I agree totally about concentrating on one story at a time.

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  3. Have any of you ever had an idea that scared you? I have an idea for a speculative that I've never written because it creeps me out!

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    1. Yes! Usually it's a book or series idea that's too personal, so not creepy, but definitely intimidating. ;) Thanks for sharing this relatable post, Terri!

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    2. Oh, that would be hard to write Annette.

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  4. I read that when Aaron Sorkin (screenwriter) has writer's block he's been known to take up to 8 showers a day. Ha!

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    1. Bet he wrote a “clean” first draft! hehe! That’s wild!

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  5. Hi Terri! I'm also a shower-thinker, LOL. The best ideas come to me then. But I've also had some story ideas early in the morning when it's too early to get up, so I've dragged myself over to my desk and scribbled down the idea so I won't forget it!

    Oh my, your idea about the "final haircut" gave me shivers---glad I don't have a hair appointment anytime soon, LOL (although my hair stylist is very kind!). :)
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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    1. Hi Patti Jo, glad to know there’s a large group of shower thinkers! I’m so not a morning person. I would never make it out of bed, so I keep a notebook on my nightstand.

      My hairdresser is a super nice guy, so I don’t know why I thought that! I’ve never told him. lol

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  6. Definitely not a one idea at a time person. And the crazy hairdresser story sounds intriguing!

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    1. Glad you like the idea! I need to do final edits on that book.

      Honestly, my friend is the only one idea person I know. It does intrigue me.

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  7. so many ideas!! so little paper... the ideas, they just never stop, do they! and they come to me at random times and seeming with no rhyme or reason. i do remember a pretty specific conversation my MC had with her hubby, something that clarified a point - while i was out for a walk!! i prayed OH! so fervently all the way home to remember just how that conversation went!!
    ps - and He did it, too, kept the whole thing clear in my mind til i could get it written!

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