I feel the same way when I finish writing a story, my journey to the end with my characters takes me to the next beginning, with new characters and a new adventure. At a recent presentation I was asked, how do you come up with ideas to write about? Honestly? There is always a story in my head, and if it's a good one, it makes it to the journal, so I can build on it later. Listen to the stories that other people tell you, I am always telling people, "that's a good novel" after I have conversations with people.
I get inspired when I travel. Take a look at your surroundings, imagine what's at the end of the tree lined path that's overgrown, barely noticeable, but still there, and ask yourself, what's at the end of the lane? For me, it was a family lodge on a lake with history that had been built by Isabelle Carte's grandfather, a place of refuge, and a place to find love.
My most recent journey ended one day late in the evening, the snow fell outside, most restaurants were closed, and my family was drawn to a bright, Mexican restaurant with a large neon sign, La Senoritas, at Gaylord Michigan. The place had character, from the interesting decor that wouldn't let your eyes rest to the swinging fan/light that begged you to ask yourself, is that going to hold? Well it did. It was the end of our journey that day and the restaurant delivered up a great glass of wine, good food, and friendly staff. It was the kind of environment that might end up in a novel one day, unique.
There are stories everywhere, you just have to take the time to see them.
Well, the great Ernest Hemingway also said, "The first draft of anything is shit". So thrilled to know it isn't just me. I'd better get back to turning the first draft into something worth a read.
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