On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Well, shoot, Diva walked over my face and woke me from one of those really cool story dreams -- no, I won't be writing it, I think it was set in Early Days of some city (like Chicago) in a fire department -- not my sort of book. But I sure would like to know how it ended -- these were dream people as opposed to story people, so the ending could be a complete surprise.

And it was much better than the turkey basting dream I had the night before...which I am convincing myself had nothing to do with writing...

I've written ten stories, three of which are not published. One of those came from a dream. So I don't often get ideas from dreams. I get ideas from physical objects (the other writer I know of that this happens to is Pamela Clare). HeartMate came from a bloodstone pendulum I bought. (I love bloodstone). I had it in front of me and started thinking about divination and a man who would use it. On Earth that man might be considered a superstitious wimp, so he had to be someplace where this might happen -- Celta. I also made him a man who'd chiseled the stone from the quarry, shaped his Divination Dice and forged swords -- a jeweler and a blacksmith. I actually sat down and started writing, learning all this as I went along.

I don't recall what seed flowered into the Summoning series. Those were stories I told myself before I went to sleep long before I started seriously writing. Now when I think of stories before I go to sleep, it's more like "and how will this relationship progress for the synopsis," which, of course, leads back to the turkey basting -- I hope not!

Love to all,


Blogger Michele said...

Hey, at least you get stories from your dreams. I get really tasteless jokes and I have the audacity to post them on a blog. How sick is that????
I look forward to your new series. Sounds fascinating!!!

7:57 AM  
Blogger sex scenes at starbucks said...

one visit to a pub in England in the woods and I wrote a series from that experience.

finally I thought I'd better write the pub in.

The Dew Drop Inn, Berkshire

3:04 PM  
Blogger moonhart said...

Basting a turkey makes it juicy. Maybe it was a sign that you were adding juiciness subconsciously?

My ideas tend to start with a character spontaeously showing up on my doorstep.


5:46 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

LOL, Michele. I read some dream books and they WILL do jokes. Sex, excellent! I knew some writers got ideas from dreams. Moonhart -- yes, I'm working on making the plot jucier and worried (as usual) it will be a turkey...

6:55 AM  

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