by Kathryn Jane
Authors are frequently asked where their story ideas come from, and I usually shrug and say, I have no idea. They just happen somehow.
Then I heard Nora Roberts say, it’s magic.
And it’s true! I have no idea where the words com from, how they form and become a story, but here’s how they showed up for me the other night.
Unable to keep my eyes open, I went to bed super early. Yep, was dead to the world almost as soon as my head hit the pillow at 8pm. But at 11:00 I was suddenly wide awake, tossing and turning , but loathe to get up and disturb the sleeping hubby.
Instead, I spent two hours letting words race around in my head–a jumble of everything from song lyrics and poetry, to potential book titles.
Then I started to think about the characters in the next book of my Intrepid Women series. Up until that night, whenever I tried to write Broughton and Alexandra’s story, the words I put on the page were as uninspiring, lackluster, and limp as old socks.
Until a couple of hours of trying to be still, and not thrash about.
Like magic, Broughton’s words (the book’s opening line), came to me and I nearly laughed out loud. “Yes!” I shouted inside my head, then slipped into my comfy sweats and heavy sweater, pulled on woolly socks, and crept to my laptop in the living room.
I quickly opened a new word doc and typed the fabulous line. But it didn’t stop there, because the magic happened. Words poured forth while I fought off the gleeful laughter (still trying not to wake up my sleeping hubster in the next room).
When I crawled back into bed at four in the morning, my fingers were tired and my mind empty, but the book is well under way.
I can’t share the amazing line yet, but here’s a picture to stir your imagination 🙂 … oh and when the story begins, Caleb Broughton is mountain climbing, and just about to come over this ridge…
Kat loves crisp sunny days, the warm breath of a horse, cats with a sense of humor, the smell of the ocean, and her very own charming prince—in no particular order. http://kathrynjane.com
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