Friday, May 15, 2009

Where do these ideas come from anyway?

While waiting for my darling kidlet to emerge from school the other day, a story idea dropped down, from that magical place where stories come from, upon me. Out of no where this lovely "what if" filled my senses. The smell of mesquite trees perfumed the air as my cowboy hero stepped from the barn, whip in hand and a twinkle of hidden truths in his eye.


I shivered as my wolf king took gentle steps over the Russian snow, his fur becoming a coat as he raised from four legs to two. I smirked as a fiery redhead out-shot her brother with some really awesome gun while their sister collected herbs and flowers around them. But how does it all fit together? I'm not sure yet and my bigger question....

Where do these ideas come from anyway?

I tried to think back to when I "knew" I'd be a paranormal writer. I'm quoting knew because really I could wake up tomorrow with a perfect idea for a historical or a comedy or a young adult or...well you get the idea, anyway why paranormal?

Honestly, I don't know.

Was it because my dad took me to see The Amityville Horror at the tender age of ten? Could it have been the tattered copy of Stephen King's Skeleton Crew that I still have in my "I need another bookcase, honey" box?

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Or maybe it was my first Carpathian novel, to which I say "Kudos, Ms. Feehan, Kuuuu-u-doooos!!" I guess it could also be the past co-worker I watched sitting on the shipping dock, her Laurell K Hamilton book in hand, telling me with drool on her lips ~no kidding~ "Start with Guilty Pleasures..."

Maybe it's all of these things or maybe it's none of them. I don't know.

Here's what I do know, the worlds spinning in my head everyday are filled with the unexplainable. In my head my characters are an assortment of animals, some cat, some wolf, some undeniably dark(my vamp, I think, hiding in the shadows waiting his turn). Most of the ideas I find myself jotting down live to the far left of reality. And I think that is really cool!

So, Where do these ideas come from? I have not a clue, and you know what?

~I don't care, as long as them keep coming!!~ hehe

What about you out there, any sneaking suspicions as the where your ideas come from?

Have a great week-end!


Paris said...

I haven't got a clue, either! Sometimes it's a character that sticks around until I figure out why!Actually, it's a character in a situation and I ask why and that leads to...well, you get the idea:-) Great post, thanks for sharing!

Serena Shay said...

I agree Paris, characters seem to be a huge catalyst for me as well. Or a job, I once watched a armored car pick up at the bagel shop and I could that be a story! LOL

Savanna Kougar said...

I'm not sure where they come from either, and I agree I'm not certain I care... except some of the animal spirits have been speaking to me. Hawk did today. I saw three young hawks on my journey to and from the big stock-up trip in town. Three means Animal Spirit has a, the problem is, I don't know what... unless Hawk wants his own story too... just like Bobcat does... oh dear, am I ever on story-idea overwhelm...

Serena love your ideas, so far as they've gotten... definitely intriguing...

Serena Shay said...

Ooh Savanna, a hawk story is definitely appealing! I bet your Animal Spirit just needs time to tell you his thoughts, maybe he will come tonight in the form of a delectable dream...

LOL, I hear ya on the story-idea overwhelm, but too much is way better than not enough!! :-)