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Where does your inspiration come from? by @AuthorLynnBurke #WritersLife

How did you think up a dragon shifter who will enter eternal sleep if he doesn’t claim his human mate?

Where did your brain surgeon with the need to submit to his Domme come from?

And the timid, virginal thirty-something from your latest release…what the hell happened that she decided to visit a sex club?

Inspiration for new stories can be found pretty much anywhere, but three get me going more than any others.

Books!! 

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There are a handful of writers I one-click without thought, without even reading the blurb of their newest release. Why? These authors understand deep PoV (Kristin Lamb had an awesome post on this last week) and drag me into their character’s emotions and turmoil effortlessly.

Roni Loren’s Nothing Between Us, was the first M/M/F love story I ever read. Talk about HEAT! It’s also one I revisit because it’s so well written. My Finding Freedom evolved from my own religious upbringing and fantasies of threesomes, but I never would have considered the story had I not been introduced to her characters who wouldn’t be swayed by society’s thoughts on what is right or wrong.

Oftentimes, it’s the secondary or background characters I’m thinking of when a new story pops up. How did they end up where they are? What drives them? What do they long for, and what stands in their way? Good fodder for the brain right there.

People watching!

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Another great inspiration time for me is people watching. Sitting in public and allowing my mind free rein with those who wander past.

She obviously wasn’t thinking this morning while pulling on those pants.

Why are his eyes so haunted?

Makeup isn’t quite working to cover that young woman’s bruise.

The elderly couple, both stooped and shuffling, still holding hands.

But it can be a tiny detail that brings a character to life. Take the tall, lithe young blond in the post office a few months ago…he inspired Kaden’s ass in No One Until Her.

Music!

I know this is a big one for a lot of my author friends. Harmony and sustained words can easily get the creative juices flowing. Even a single line can create an image so vivid in my mind that an entire story floods over me faster than I can jot a quick outline.

What about you? What gets your imagination going? When does an idea capture you and demand you write as fast as your fingers can click?

Having to say NO when I don’t want to – by Lynn Burke #WritersLife

I hardly know it all. Really.

But there’s something about having ‘published author’ attached to your name that makes people think you do. In the past few years I’ve had 20 publications but that does NOT make me a pro in the book writing field.

Funny enough, some people believe it does.

A handful of people have contacted me since my journey to publication began to sprout little seedlings, wanting to know if I would write their stories – their memoirs, their unique journeys through this life.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not upset by this in the least! Quite honored, actually. BUT, I’m a fiction writer. I don’t have a clue about memoirs or biographies, nor would I even know where to start.

I’ve even had a few pitch their own ideas / plots to me in the hopes that I would write the book for them.

Gulp.

How the heck do you say no to these people? These family members and friends who would do anything for YOU should you ask them??? NOT easy. As soon as someone says to me, “I have an idea I want to share with you” or “I’m wondering if you would be willing to write my life story…”

Yup. That’s my reaction. On the inside, anyway.

What do I say? How do I let them down gently? HOW can I even do either???!! The non-fiction idea peeps are easier to deal with, since I honestly don’t know anything about that market. Even so, I always feel like I’m offering excuses when I should be jumping at the chance to help them.

*Smash head on table*

Oh, but the others – those folks who have a plot line that just needs characters, a world, flesh, voice, and WORDS. Le sigh.

I really have a hard time telling them that it’s nearly impossible (for me) to write a story that wasn’t inspired by my own brain. You other writers know what I’m talking about? Yes, there are anthology calls I’ve submitted to, but ONLY ones that triggered an idea of my own. One my muse ran away with.

If it’s not my fictional baby, my own WiP, I find it impossible to say yes.

So, what do I do?

Encourage them to write it on their own. It’s their story, it should be in their voice, their style. THEN I offer to take a peek at it when they’re finished, or send them onto a rockin’ critique site like Scribophile where they can hone their craft and spit-shine that manuscript for submission.

*big cleansing breath*

How ’bout you? Can you say ‘NO’ when you really feel you shouldn’t / don’t want to? What’s the worst ‘would you mind…’ have you encountered?

Snow Days, Reviews, and Headaches #WritersLife

I had MAJOR plans today to write the day away. Heck, I even dreamed about what snacks I would munch on while diving into my current WiP, an HEA for Reid Sullivan, Elite Escort man whore extraordinaire.

Thanks to nor’easter, Stella, I’ve got three kids at home with me rather than one.

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That means I haven’t written a single word and the day is almost half over.

I’m also neck-deep in trying to rustle up reviews for another title.  That makes me feel all…

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FRUSTRATED AS HELL.

I mean, seriously. I’ve sent out close to 25 review requests between making breakfast, wiping snotty noses, taking the toddler to pee, sipping tepid tea, making beds, laundry…and I know the chances of my gleaning a single review is close to zero.

All this to say it’s eleven in the morning, and I already have a headache. I’m ready for spring, digging in my garden, and a little peace and quiet.

That’s my bitch-o-rama for the day. How’s your day going so far?? Any tips or suggestions on how to get those coveted reviews? HOW can I keep the kids quiet for FIVE friggin’ minutes so I can write?!?

Lots of xoxo

~ Lynn Burke