Do you ever get stuck while writing and wonder how you can possibly ever come up with a fresh idea?
I think this happens to most of us at one time or another.
I have notes written everywhere; napkins, envelopes, scrap paper, it drives my hubby crazy. He’s much more organized than I am!
Sometimes that’s all it takes; a random word on a television program, or a song I’m listening to, maybe even something my grandson tells me about his day. They’re all cues that I save up to use for those times when nothing creative comes to mind.
I was reading a book the other day and a word jumped out at me, I had to stop and write it down. The word?
The definition from Webster’s dictionary:
: to enjoy the taste or smell of (something) for as long as possible
: to enjoy (something) for a long time
Just like that any number of ideas popped into my head
And that’s the fun of being a writer, the only limit is your imagination.
While writing my second book, The Rebel’s Redemption, I had an idea for the third book in the series, Twilight’s Encore. Next thing I knew, I had a new Word document open and was writing these two books in sync. They’re storylines overlapped each other and I ended up doing over half of each book in tandem.
It worked so well that I decided to try it again now, for book five in the series, Summer Lovin’.
Along with the Wounded Hearts book, I’ve varied into a whole new genre; paranormal.
I can’t even explain how many doors this has opened creatively. I mean, when you’re creating a fantasy world in your head, the normal rules don’t apply.
You want your hero to move from point A to point B without the same old walking, striding, trudging etc?
Well, now he can fly, or vaporize, or turn into a panther, anything your imagination can come up with.
It’s so freeing.
And it enabled me to have three different stories running at once. I think working in the paranormal genre has opened new doors in my admittedly foggy brain and allowed me to come up with fresh new ideas for my stories.
How about you? Have you ever tried a different genre from the one your used to? Did you come away with a positive experience?
I’d love to hear from you