How do you get your book ideas?
Blogger: Rachel Kent
What sparks your imagination or gives you an idea for a book? How did you find the idea for your current work in progress?
In the author note at the back of Pursuit of Justice, author DiAnn Mills shares how she got the idea for the book. She says, “A few years ago, while visiting a friend in West Texas, I was told about the legend of the Spider Rock treasure. My friend even knew people who continued to look for the lost Spanish gold. Immediately I became interested, not to embark upon a digging expedition but to write a contemporary story about this legend.”
That legend was the birth of a novel because the story was so gripping to DiAnn.
Author Melanie Dickerson is captivated by fairy tales so she has written a series of retellings based off of tales like Cinderella, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast. Her basic ideas came from her love of those stories, and she was able to use her imagination to reinvent them.
Stephanie Grace Whitson’s book The Key on the Quilt was born out of a visit to a museum. Stephanie saw a quilt with an actual metal key sewn onto it, and that visual jump-started her imagination to come up with a story about an actual key on a quilt.
These are three fiction examples, but if you write nonfiction I’m sure your idea had a point of origin as well. Does the topic you are writing on relate to something you’ve gone through in your life? Is it based on a cause that is close to your heart?
Please do share with us how your current idea came to be. Your ways of coming up with ideas might help a stuck author to know where to start looking to find inspiration, too.
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Three authors found inspiration in three different places. Where do you look for book ideas? Via @rachellkent Click to tweet.