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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

From Whence it Comes, Part 2, IWSG July 2023


Welcome to IWSG Day. The goal of this blog hop is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a haven for insecure writers of all kinds. IWSG is the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh. To find posts from other contributors, click here. Thank you to the July co-hosts:  PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, Gwen Gardner, Pat Garcia, and Natalie Aguirre!

July’s question: 99% of my story ideas come from dreams Where do your story ideas come from?

I must have anticipated this back in May when I segued off the question of the month to write about my various inspirations here. 

That said, I can pretty much say ideas come from anywhere. Last week I sat in a meeting about an upcoming kitchen renovation and the designer shared some intriguing information. As soon as I left her showroom I thought, “That would make a good story.” Who knew that would happen while waffling over cabinet colors?

One night many years ago, I floated half asleep in the wee hours when a fully formed voice inside my head announced, “The queen of the 1977 Tarrant County Honeydew Festival abdicated her crown twenty-four hours after receiving her scepter.”

Huh? Rolling over, I grabbed a pencil from the bedside table and scratched the words down so they didn’t disappear. I held on to the sheet I'd scribbled them on until I could figure out who'd been talking in my brain. Eventually, a daughter, a mother and a grandmother came to me and their shared story became one of my “practice” novels.

Most writers know that stories are everywhere. All we have to do is keep our eyes and minds open. Oh, and definitely put something within reach to record those snippets the midnight subconscious delivers.

What was the most surprising way a story came to you?