Thursday, January 3, 2019

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. 

2 comments:

  1. Terri, I’m like you. I have multiple story ideas swirling in my head, and I’m always on the lookout for new ones. Sometimes it drives me a little crazy! :) It’s the side effect of being a daydreamer, I suppose. I wish I were a more prolific writer, though, so I could get the stories out of my imagination quicker. I think one of the reasons I’m always looking for ideas is I’m trying to find the ones that, as you say, would make a reader think, “How did she come up with that?!” I like my story ideas a lot, but I think I’m still working toward that “wow” story idea.

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  2. Karen, I’m right there with you. I’m waiting for that wow story. Praying the Lord sends each of us one soon!

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