Sunday, May 13, 2018

Writing Ideas and Where They Come From

Summer has finally arrived. We skipped through spring after a cold winter.

Summer is always busy around here. Yard work. Garden work.

I am still writing, though I don't post a lot.

I write (and rewrite) a lot. I am a perfectionist and try to get every word just right.

I haven't sent anything to a publisher all year - until a few days ago.

I sent in a PB manuscript to a publisher.

This manuscript started out as a poem, but the more I looked at it the more I realized it had great potential for a picture book.

So, a poem that was inspired by a craft I had my Crazy Crafters at the local senior center do, is getting sent off to publishers.

What was the craft? This cute egg holder made from an egg carton.

I had this craft on my mind for so long, I woke up early one morning and the words flowed onto the paper. I sat there in the dark on the edge of my bed scribbling down words about this ornery rooster.

If anything ever comes of it, I will have my Crazy Crafters to thank for it.

My MG, Duck and Cover, came from a small childhood memory.
My historical novel (which I am still editing and reediting) was inspired by my grandparents. 
Using a few known facts about my grandparents as a starter, I stirred in a large amount of imagination and this fictional story was born.

Do you ever come up with ideas out of nowhere or on the spur of the moment?
Have any of those ideas every gotten published?


  1. This sure is a cute craft. I also get ideas from unusual places. I think that's the writer in us. I enjoyed your post very much. Happy summer and happy writing.

    1. Hi, Brenda. Thank you and here's hoping you have a very nice summer, too.

  2. You sound like me, Janet. I can't just do a rough draft without going back and correcting things. That's the reason I'm so slow. This year I have nothing submitted so no new books. Hopefully I'll finish one soon.
    Yes, it seems like new ideas pop into my head when I least expect it. I usually jot my thoughts down and look at them later. SI have several folders now with a title. Don't know where they'll go, but we will see.
    Your craft looks like fun. And who knows?

  3. I hope you are having a great day and doing a lot of writing. Your crafts are always very interesting and I enjoy your blog with the creative writing idea tips.

  4. It's amazing where our writing ideas come from. You never know when inspiration will strike! Wishing you the best of luck with the ms you sent out. :)


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