Book Writing Inspiration

How I Wrote the Book I Didn’t Want to Write

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How I Wrote the Book I Didn’t Want to Write

by Holly Robinson Congratulations, Fran! You are the winner of a free signed copy of Folly Cove. I was inspired to write Folly Cove because I’ve always wanted to set a book on Cape Ann, on the north shore of Massachusetts. This area is associated with so much history—and many, many weird facts. For instance, […]

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One Novelist Refused to Let Her Beloved Game Characters Die

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One Novelist Refused to Let Her Beloved Game Characters Die

I was a player of an MMORPG [massively multi-player online role-playing game] called “City of Heroes.” This was a game where you would create a character by putting together how they looked from a collection of parts, decide what kind of superpowers they had, write out their biography in a little box specifically provided for […]

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Writing to Find the Hero In Ourselves

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Writing to Find the Hero In Ourselves

by Carol Pratt Bradley My family enjoys watching historical films and we loved the 2003 movie, Luther, about Martin Luther and the Reformation. I had also read a book about William Tyndale, the man who translated the Bible into English. At the time, I was searching for an idea for my thesis novel for an […]

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Why You Should Take More Chances with Your Writing

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Why You Should Take More Chances with Your Writing

by C. Hope Clark Echoes of Edisto is the third in the Edisto Island Mysteries. Along the way, protagonist Callie Jean Morgan has suffered much in losing her profession as a detective, her husband, a child . . . then she relocates to Edisto unemployed, widowed, with one teenage child left to raise. She drinks. […]

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How Publishing Taught Me to Be More Self-Reliant

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How Publishing Taught Me to Be More Self-Reliant

by Suzanne Rogerson The idea for Visions of Zarua started when I had an image of a woman hunting in the woods with her hounds. The prey had disappeared and she was scared, but I didn’t know why or what she was hunting. I loved Varnia from the first moment she appeared in my head. […]

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Writing About the Pieces of Ourselves that We Leave Behind

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Writing About the Pieces of Ourselves that We Leave Behind

by Patty Somlo As someone who was a journalist for 10 years before trying my hand at fiction, I have long been interested in stories and novels that, in some way, address important issues of contemporary life. The last several years I worked as a journalist, I focused on immigration and Central America. Part of […]

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Speedbumps on Your Way to Determining Genre

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Speedbumps on Your Way to Determining Genre

by K. K. Allen Inspiration for me usually comes in the form of nature and art, which is probably why my favorite place to write is outside, or looking out my second story window. Up in the Treehouse, in particular, was actually inspired by a storyline in The Descendants (Book 3 of The Summer Solstice […]

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After Losing a Sister—Can Writing a Novel be Cathartic?

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After Losing a Sister—Can Writing a Novel be Cathartic?

by Laura Drake I’ve always known I’d write this story. It just took twenty years for me to believe that I was a good enough. See, it’s a sister-story, dedicated to my younger sister who I lost to cancer at the age of 32. We had a special bond, and though the story isn’t autobiographical […]

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What’s It Really Like to Write a Thriller Novel?

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What’s It Really Like to Write a Thriller Novel?

by Chuck Barrett As I was writing my first book, The Savannah Project, there was a character—not the protagonist—that urged me to give him his own series. He had radical personality differences than my protagonist, Jake Pendleton. He called to me (and all my women readers), so my original plan was to write three Jake […]

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Women Need to Tell Their Stories Without Shame

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Women Need to Tell Their Stories Without Shame

by Linda K. Sienkiewicz It all started with a Glamour magazine article titled “My Father Was a Rapist” about several young women whose lives were changed when they learned they were conceived in rape. Their strength, courage and resilience impressed me. Years later, I was looking for a story line when I remembered the article. I […]

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How My Novel Taught Me to Listen to My Own Intuition

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How My Novel Taught Me to Listen to My Own Intuition

by Susan Mary Malone [The story] came to me in a night dream. Driving up the big hill and then descending down into the small burg of Sociable, Texas—a town that time forgot—I fell into this world of magical realism like Alice down the rabbit hole. I toured the big, dilapidated coliseum, where the kids […]

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Sometimes the Best Stories Come from the Deepest Pain

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Sometimes the Best Stories Come from the Deepest Pain

by Sydney Scrogham I wrote this story as a way to do an emotional cleanse after a bad breakup. It was easy to me to pursue because as I wrote, my emotional health increased. It was like I could breathe again. For some reason, Ariel: The First Guardian was the easiest story ever to write. […]

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