Friday, June 4, 2010
Guest Blogger - Dorothy Howell
HOW A PICTURE CAN BRING A MYSTERY IDEA TO LIFE
When I was assigned this topic to write about this month, it made me think of the one question I – and probably all authors – are always asked: Where do you get your story ideas?
It’s a legitimate question. I believe that everyone, regardless of their calling in life, is interested in the creative process.
I’ve often wondered where song writers get their ideas. Do they hear a tune playing in their head? Do they draw from a painful or happy life experience?
How about sculptors and painters? What moves them to conceive, then create a work of art?
My story ideas have come to me in many different ways. Before writing the Haley Randolph mystery series, I wrote historical romance novels. Each book was a stand alone, requiring different characters for every novel. Unlike a series, there was nothing to build on. Every novel grew from nothing but a small idea.
I got the idea for THE LAST BRIDE IN TEXAS when I served as an adult tutor in a
literacy program. THE HEART OF A HERO came to me waking up from a nap and with the vision of a rugged cowboy wearing a pink apron in my mind. The idea for MAGGIE AND THE LAW came from my interest in archeology. Los Angeles
Of course, coming up with the idea for a book is only the beginning of the writing process. The hard part is developing that idea into a fully fleshed out story with the right setting, internal and external conflict, likeable characters, villains, and a story arc that will keep readers interested for 300-plus pages.
I got the idea HANDBAGS AND HOMICIDE, my first mystery, from my daughter, a college student working part-time in a department store. Writing a series is more of a challenge because every story contains many of the same characters, yet must be fresh and different.
So, can a picture bring a mystery idea to life? Definitely!
Everything starts with an idea. Where do you get the ideas for the things that are important in your life?
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