Blogger: Rachel Kent
I would like to know where you get your book ideas. Here are some of the scenarios I’ve heard, but please weigh in with yours.
1) Dreams–I have three clients who have written books that they dreamed about first, and I’ve heard that this is how Stephenie Meyer was inspired to write Twilight. My dreams never make enough sense to become a story. My last memorable dream involved an overweight homeless man who broke into my house and forced me to make him grilled cheese sandwiches. It freaked me out, but I don’t think that it would inspire a very good book. Some people are blessed to dream in detail. Do you have creative dreams?
2) Articles/Current Events–Many authors get ideas for books from current events in the media. This includes newspaper articles, online articles, television news and even some TV programs. One Books & Such client writes mystery/suspense, and she read of a murder in her area and imagined the details to create her own story. Have you been inspired by a current event to write either a novel or a nonfiction book?
3) Historical Stories/Family History–Other writers are inspired to write by historical events or family history. They might come across these stories in a genealogy, in a textbook, or while doing research at a library. Michelle Ule’s novella, The Dogtrot Christmas (part of The Log Cabin Christmas Collection, Barbour, 2011) was partially inspired by the story of her great-great-great grandfather. Michelle blogged about the details here, so feel free to check it out. Sometimes history inspires nonfiction, too. Biographies, church history, or theological permutations can use history as a springboard into a book. Has history ever inspired you to write?
5) Life Experiences–Many nonfiction books are inspired by experiences that the author has gone through. Fiction can also be inspired by these types of experiences. Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer’s nonfiction book, Praying for Your Future Husband (Zondervan, 2011), is a good example of a book that’s inspired by real-life experiences. Tricia and Robin share their own stories of praying for and finding a spouse, and many other women weigh in with their experiences as well. Have you ever written a book based on your life experiences?
Do you have any others to add? Please share the story of how you were inspired to write your current work in progress.
Because I’m traveling today to Ontario for the Write! Canada Conference, I probably won’t be able to weigh in with responses to your comments. Michelle plans to join the conversation on my behalf.