However, I am not satisfied with that thought. Even though it's great I have produced that amount of work in a ten month time frame, I still want to dive straight into my third book. I have always been driven with an endless urge to get things done but now I realise that I have to slow things down in preparation to write this elusive third book.
So what's the matter, you might think. Why is the third book going to be any different or harder than the two I have written? Well, here's the thing ...
My first two books have been based on real life factual accounts, but I want my third book to be a complete work of fiction. This time I am going to have to magic the plot line out of thin air, and that's the thought scaring me the most. How on earth do other writers manage to write book after book after book and still have ideas to make all of them work? Can anyone be that imaginative?
I realise some people are and they are the lucky ones. But I have a sneaking suspicion the majority of writers are not like that at all and they have to get their inspiration from other sources. So now is the time I have to use my creativity and think where I could get my ideas from. I also need to study 'How To' books to see how I can weave my ideas into a decent story structure.
So ... where can I look for inspiration?
- Media stories and other interesting wordly events that may have taken place recently or are about to take place.
- Family history, and traumatic or romantic events that may have happened. I know several family members who have had an unusual life in some respect so maybe I can base a few ideas from those.
- The history of where I currently live. I know this town has a few old stories to tell so maybe I can weave past events into a character's life.
- Think horror and what scares me the most. Films have been made about spiders turning into gigantic monsters. Maybe I could write a story based on a haunting.
- The contents of my dreams, I think this is the most important one as I sometimes have very strange dreams.
As a writer, where do you get your inspiration from?