I will back track. I spotted a person along the promenade on a misty day looking out to the sea. The person was alone and got me thinking of their story. In two minutes I had a full story set and I was excited. Blast forward five minutes and this post came to mind.
Isn’t it amazing when something like that happens? Having the ability to transform a blank space into something within moments is a magnificent gift.
It leaves me in a euphoric state. It brightens up the day even when it is gloomy outside. I could have the worst possible day, but as a writer, I look at turning it into a positive.
I am always interested in how stories come about and the impetus that pushed them to fulfil the story. Many of mine usually starts with a question and then I write without a plan in mind, allowing the characters full reign.
I always have a set word count for a day that I strive to meet but when there are no words appearing, I allow it it fester and usually with a little sleep, it resumes. Then the fun begins again.
I write at all times of the day but morning and night are my usual target times. I look to start the morning with the characters, allow them to build during the day, and then like any thing, put them to bed. Characters need their rest too.
I enjoy background noise whilst writing, mainly being music. It also could avoid a noisy coffee shop or television in the background. I then get so engrossed in writing that when I eventually pop my head up, an hour or more has passed. Getting absorbed in a story is like watching another life and it’s so exciting.
In my stories, I try to avoid using names of people that I know and any resemblances towards them. I find it strange and even stranger when I am asked to name a character after someone. I only have one word to say to them – No!
But I am not against anyone else in doing so as we are all individuals and can be nice tributes when used in the correct way.
Do you have any methods you use to come up with stories? Do they come in question form? Do you have a set word count? I’m very interested in hearing stories from writers. If you have any questions around any of the things I have mentioned please just ask or if there is anything else you would like to know.