Descriptions for heat levels in book list

------holding hands, perhaps a gentle kiss
♥♥ ---- more kisses but no tongue-- no foreplay
♥♥♥ ---kissing, tongue, caressing, foreplay & pillow talk
♥♥♥♥ --all of above, full sexual experience including climax
♥♥♥♥♥ -all of above including coarser language and sex more frequent

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Finding inspiration

When a writer is looking for inspiration, where is it to be found? I read an interesting article on one aspect of this in a magazine I get every month--the Romance Writers Report. It’s a professional magazine for writers who regard what they are doing as a career, a profession, and important in their life. It delved into another aspect of where we find inspiration and what focus means for the creative person.

Written by Erin Quinn and Kris Kennedy, the article was titled, “That’s my book she wrote!” and deals with how often great ideas for books come at the same time. They do that because the writer is out paying attention to the world and suddenly they see a story. I’ve had it happen. Most writers have likewise. Then… the article said, you look at someone else’s recently published book and realize a lot of the elements are in your own. Could be title, characters, setting.  This isn’t copying the other writer. It happens at the same time— simultaneous.

From the article: “In the scientific world, they know all about it. It’s called the theory of multiple discovery, and it’s the notion that many scientific discoveries and inventions are made independently and almost simultaneously by multiple scientists and/or inventors…” 

I hadn't thought of this happening with books but had heard of it happening a lot from my inventor, consultant, innovator husband. It is why in his world, there is often a rush to get a patent and why they consider lab notebooks critical to proving their work wasn’t copied.

This issue of potentially being influenced is a lot of why I almost never read romances-- even though I would enjoy them sometimes. The advice in the article was-- read a lot of them before you begin writing your own. I did that. Then-- quit reading them at all while writing. That subtle influence, where you don’t know from where it came, is why some consider it best not to read in the genre in which they write. 

I suppose some writers are not easily influenced. I don’t know if I would be. I do know that these days, when I am not writing or researching, I stick to non-fiction—a lot of it. It is what interests me as that's from where new ideas will come. I am writing romances and don't want ideas from others who are also writing them. 

When I hear of an interesting romance by someone else, I buy it but store it for the future. Who knows I might change genre—or come to a time I write less. For now I concentrate on my own plots, characters and settings helped along by non-fiction and what’s been going on in the world—or happened next door.  Yep, nobody who knows a writer should consider themselves surprised if they find some aspect of their life in the next book… But if the writer is ethical, it won’t be clearly obvious who it was by name. Save that for non-fiction.


Tabor said...

Do you get ideas from television shows--the reality or documentary types? Do you get ideas from bloggers, since that is non-fiction?

Rain Trueax said...

I don't watch any reality shows but enjoy documentaries. I haven't gotten any plot ideas from bloggers, but people I've met online through the years have enriched my understanding of human nature. It let me get to know people distantly that I'd never want to know close up :)

The last book came out of a dream and from where that came, who knows. I am now though doing research for the third of what will be a trilogy. The second is almost finished, but I needed more info on levels of demonic power ;). It's not like I had a reason to need to know before ;but if you want a war between good and evil, you better make it worthy of a battle (fiction dotnchaknow). For that I asked my kids, who are more into fantasy books and got some titles that are not romances but a different genre.

The last historical I wrote came out of hearing about an actual historic event, liking a region and then having had two characters in an earlier book that made good hero and heroine. Their problems were built right into their characters; so it made the book an easy write. I love researching history which makes historicals kind of fun-- unless I get a reader who wants them to be an historical novel-- not an historical romance and there is a difference.

When I wrote the story about adult repercussions of sexual abuse, it was because of knowing people where it had happened and then reading a lot of research books on different case histories. To have the hero be a high school principal came out of my interest in education.

Often I am interested in something like say cults which led to two books. I knew some about it from newspaper articles since Oregon has had some. Listening to some talk radio led to more insights ;)

I've mentioned before that romance is what comes to me. I'd love to write chick or 'crone' lit, but the ideas don't come to me. The more I write, the more one idea leads to another. So you write one book about one aspect and you already are thinking about a different set of problems.

Writing begets writing is my take ;)

Dick said...

I'd say that I mostly enjoy mysteries. There are a couple of Oregon authors I've especially enjoyed. P. J. Alderman has a couple out set in Astoria that revolve around a lady bar pilot The other is Ann Charles. I've read all three of her Arizona based stories, the first of which is titled "Dance of the Winnebagos". I've just started "Nearly Departed in Deadwood", based in S Dakota. Ms Charles' books are funny as well as mysteries and are enjoyable reads. Do you know either of these authors? All have been purchased on Amazon by me.

Rain Trueax said...

I hadn't heard of either author, Dick but will look them up.

J at said...

I'm not a writer, so I don't worry about this stuff, but the points made certainly make a lot of sense.