Wednesday, February 5, 2020

What Inspires A Story: When The Sparks of Creation Flare From Any Direction, and How To Catch Them!

Good morning, Blogosphere! I don't know about you, but January just upped and ran by, for me. Valentine's and President's Day is just around the corner. Maybe cause I've been keeping busy with general life and getting a book ready for launch, but more on that later.

First, an IWSG question that I'm really excited to answer:

February 5 - Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

The short answer is YES, but this question takes me back to exactly 20 years ago. I had just finished my first novel, and was feeling pretty good about it. I had no plans for a sequel, or a plan to write anything else. Just wanted to see if I could.

Then my high school art class went to a screening of Fantasia 2000. Anyone remember the final piece, the Firebird Suite? I kid you not, something about the music and imagery sparked a magnitude of scenes in my head, fitting for the protagonist of the book I had recently finished. "The story's not over" I whispered to myself.

And so two more books followed, ending in a trilogy. Cool, eh? Even when I wasn't open to it, much like life, inspiration found a way. In fact, some of the best ideas I've had was when I wasn't looking. And I caught them by jotting these ideas down while they're still fresh.

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Update: I've decided April 1st will be The Dragon's Heart release day. It's out with test readers right now, while I'm drafting the blurb and prepping the ebook ... and the cover reveal is coming early March.

And no, that's not an April Fool's joke. It really will release. :)

That's all for now, friends. Enjoy your extra day this month!

Has a single photo or work of art inspired you to write a story? What are you up to this month? Got any plans for Leap Year?

I'm David, and David spelled backwards is Divad (you're welcome)!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

What Got Me Started in the First Place: On the Spark and Inspiration That Ignited My Writing Journey!

Happy New Year, cosmonauts near and far! I've decided in inject this new year (and decade) with a Mega-Gulp dose of optimism, and with any luck, it will last for a good while. Got a few things up in the air, but not on the writing end, which I aim to be more proactive about.

But first, a great question from our friends over at #IWSG! 
Jan 8: What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just "know" suddenly you wanted to write?

I know I've answered a question like this before, and for some reason the answer feels different today. Maybe because I didn't think deep enough the first time around. I tend to gravitate toward good stories--I always have, for as far back as I can remember. And my very earliest movie memory wasn't Disney or generally aimed at kids. It was the scene of a library ghost scaring the pants off a few scientists. Maybe something about those proton streams "sparked" my interest in entertainment in general, ultimately propelling me with the desire to contribute my own ideas. Writing ended up being the medium that worked best for me, and the desire to write continues to this day.

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Update: After a few minor setbacks last month (thanks, Baby Yoda ... ), The Dragon's Heart paperback is formatted! Just a few finishing touches, ebook verson and a test read, and we'll be ready for a cover reveal next month (and tentatively a late March/early April release). If you'd like to be part of the release party, contact me here. I'll add you to the email list and send the information when its available.

After that writing wise, I'll be spending the rest of winter/spring finishing Zombie Summer 2 with a tentative October release.

Other than that, working, parenting, a weight loss routine that's actually working, some ghostbusting action this summer, and a 15th anniversary to celebrate. 2020's shaping up to be a good year.

What started your writing journey? What movie/book are you looking forward to this year? Your earliest movie memory?

I'm David, and my childhood wants a ride in the gunner's seat!