Wednesday, July 05, 2023

Insecure Writer’s Support Group and Garden Update

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Today’s question: 99% of my story ideas come from dreams. Where do yours predominantly come from?

I’ll let you in on a little secret—I came up with that question. Because yes, my stories all come from dreams. I used to always write down my dreams and they’ve inspired many of the books I’ve written.

I dreamed of a beautiful, blonde high school girl who was a swimmer – and that inspired the five book series, The Circle of Friends.

I dreamed of a terrible creature in a tall castle fighting people – and that became The Vampire.

I dreamed of being in a strange place and meeting this mother and son, from which a chase through a vineyard ensued – and that became The Alien.

I have dozens upon dozens of stories written or outlined and they all came from my vivid dreams. Most won’t make it to full story form, as turning a crazy dream into something believable (or sellable) doesn’t often work. But for those ideas that do, I will write them.

Where do most of your story ideas come from?

And on the garden front, green beans are winding down, blackberries still going strong, and I recently harvested my first potatoes ever! (Those are from just two plants.)

I’ve also been drying quite a few herbs – cilantro, oregano, catnip. And it looks like despite the fact I didn’t plant any tomatoes, I’m going to get a bunch thanks to my composter. I’ll take it!