Thursday, October 11, 2018

What Motivates You by Terri Weldon

Hey, guys, I first ran this post in 2016, but since I'm needing motivation to write more I decided it needed a second chance. Actually, I need to hear from you guys so I can get myself in gear!

When I sat down to write this post (in 2016) I was watching Dr. Who. And it occurred to me that at times my inspiration comes from movies, other books, television programs, sermons, a sentence in a conversation (mine or someone else’s), and most definitely scripture.

Do all these sparks of inspiration turn into a book? Not even close, but they do spark my creative juices. I’ll never write a character like Dr. Who, but while watching the program I might wonder why people are so drawn to him, so devoted, and willing to follow him anywhere. That query sends my mind in two directions:

1. Can I write a strong hero, perhaps military, whose troops would be willing to follow him anywhere?

2. It would be totally wicked to write a villain with that kind of pull over people.

I’ve stopped counting the number of times I’ve watched The Fugitive. Trying my best to figure out how the writer wrote a screenplay that draws you from the beginning and refuses to let go. Wouldn’t we all love to have that gift?

When I’m reading my daily Bible I might run across a verse that inspires me or even just a few words. When I do I jot them down in the notes section of my phone. One day I simply listed the book, chapter, and verse and said good scripture for a suspense novel. A word of caution, put in a few more details. There have been times I’ve looked at that verse and wondered why I thought that.

Since I’ve shared a little bit about how I find inspiration I’m hoping you will do the same. What inspires you? What sparks the creative genius in your brain? Trust me, I REALLY need to know.

Terri Weldon is the award winning author of The Christmas Bride Wore Boots. It won the best novella category in the 2016 Lyra Awards. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, spending time with her family, and shopping for shoes. 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 the Heartland of the United States. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. Terri is a member of ACFW and RWA. She is a member of the Seriously Write Team (www.seriouslywrite.blogspot.com). Readers can connect with Terri at www.terriweldon.com
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9 comments:

  1. Terri, I’m also searching for writing inspiration. Many of my ideas grow from a snippet of setting....an old building, a group gathering at a park. Since I write historical, visiting small town museums has given me sparks of ideas. I agree with taking phone notes...and smiled at your advice to jot a bit more down to jog the memory. Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking when reading my cryptic phrases.

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    1. Sherida, thanks for stopping by today! I admire historical writers. The research is so interesting. I would have never thought of small town museums. Great idea!

      And I'm glad I'm not the only one with cryptic notes!

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  2. Hi Terri - oh if we could only find our inspiration at the same time our fingers are hovering over the keyboard. Mine usually comes at very inopportune times and is no where to be found when I need it. But, as you said, making that note on the phone is a good idea. I have notes on my phone that would sound ridiculous to someone else. lol. Some of my best inspiration comes from reading. Some stories capture me in a way that makes me want to write a story to make others feel like I feel after reading a great one. I just read a great story yesterday by a friend (shout out to Laura), that makes me want to go write about hunky cowboys. This was a great post Terri, thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Hi Cindy and thanks for the encouragement! I think loving to read is what made most of us want to be writers. I know I read many a book and then dreamed up stories.

      Oh, I can’t wait to read Laura’s book! Who doesn’t love a hunky cowboy?

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  3. Hi Terri - what a thought provoking post! I would love to read about a “bad” villain with that kind of sway.

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    1. I have to admit I’d LOVE to write that villain. Knowing you would like to read about one may be the catalyst I need. Thanks!

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  4. Terri, I often find inspiration in news stories, especially old ones. Since most of the time I don't know what happened after the event being reported on (fire, flood, etc.) I ask myself two questions: What if? and What now? That can provide lots of inspiration. Like Sherida, I also find inspiration in museums. Thanks for a thought-provoking post! Thank you for the shout out, Cindy :-)

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    1. Laura, those are great questions! Definitely fodder for inspiration. I've gotten story ideas while traveling. I'll have to give museums another try, since they work for both you and Sherida.

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  5. Terri, a day late but I love thinking about inspiration of stories so I'm glad I dropped by. For my romantic suspense, I started with some Hitchcock movies and thought about what I liked about them and then I thought about Daisy Ridley and Keira Knightley (Daisy Ridley plays Rey in the new Star Wars trilogy; Keira Knightley is known for a variety of movies including Elizabeth Bennet and the Pirates of the Caribbean) and how much they look alike and went from there. Now I'm drawing on inspiration from a local festival that occurred in my town. Thanks for the ideas and some plotting questions to ask.

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