The Chicks are thrilled to welcome back our pal, the always delightful Kaye George. And we’ve stumbled onto an accidental theme this week – where do writers get their ideas? Leslie shared what she goes through on Monday. Today, Kaye gives us her take on it…
The Dreaded Question
Where do you get your ideas?
Why do people always ask this? I got asked just a week ago. It’s kind of my fault because I’m always going around telling people I write murder mysteries and giving them my cards. So that they might possibly, maybe, perhaps, buy one of them.
I think I might know the answer. They ask that question because THEY don’t get ideas for murder mysteries. I suppose normal people don’t think about the topic much. Which means that mysteries writers aren’t normal people. But I think you knew that.
The answer is, of course, we can’t help it. Ideas are flooding into our poor, abnormal brains all the time.
We read a news story about body parts floating ashore. IDEA!
We hear someone complain about an ungrateful, unfaithful, or otherwise undesirable spouse or partner. IDEA!
We remember some crazy antics from our high school years, or those of our siblings. IDEA!
We read a warning label of just about any product. IDEA!
We hear of a medical procedure gone wrong. IDEA!
I pulled from a lot of “ideas” to put INTO THE SWEET HEREAFTER together. One of the most absorbing one, for me, was the news about things happening in Myanmar/Burma. This was before those things that are happening now. The truth is, those people have had it rough for quite a while. If I can bring attention to their plight and generate some sympathy, and maybe even some sort of aid for them, then I’ll feel like my job is worthwhile, even beyond entertaining you and amusing you. And, if studies are to be believed, keeping you young by keeping you reading.
I think back to when I used to paint with acrylics. I thought in terms of acrylic-painting. I woke up in the morning with ideas to paint.
Then, when I used to write music, I remember that I thought in music-writing. Wisps of melody would waft through my brain all day long and wouldn’t leave me alone until I set them down, then added some harmony and some shape.
Our subconscious is obedient, I’ve decided. It sees what our conscious is trying to do and does its best to help out. It reaches into the ether and grabs the ideas that are floating by, the ones that pertain to what we’re trying to consciously accomplish.
So now, when I sit at the computer for hours and bang out characters, settings, plots, and mysteries, my sub-conscious is gathering material for me, even while I sleep.
So, does that sound like a kooky theory? If it does, just remember, I’m a writer. I’m not normal.
Readers, what’s the best or worst idea you ever had?
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SYNOPSIS: Spring has sprung in the charming tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas, and one of the tastiest attractions is a trip to Tally’s Old Tyme Sweets—until a bizarre burglary leaves a bitter aftertaste.
BIO: Kaye George is a national-bestselling, multiple-award-winning author of pre-history, traditional, and cozy mysteries (her latest is the Vintage Sweets series from Lyrical Press), as well as over 50 short stories. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Smoking Guns chapter (Knoxville), Guppies chapter, Authors Guild of TN, Knoxville Writers Group, and Austin Mystery Writers. She lives and works in Knoxville, TN. Visit Kaye here.