Creativity and Inspiration

OH the simple joy of creating a character and “discovering” how he would respond in a given situation. Oh the joy of creating that situation! ­čÖé I had quite a fine 45 minute writing session today. Got those creative juices flowing.

I remember the first time it happened to me. That moment when you feel as though you are floating on the wind of inspiration and suddenly your writing doesn’t feel like work any more. I was writing about a planet. The planet Pridon. I started writing about how Pridon was more than half one huge city, and that the other part was a harsh wilderness that only the native people spent much time in. Then I started writing about the nature of the relationship between the “colonists” and the “natives” and then about cultural backgrounds, and then about politics and government and, get this, a five point compass instead of four. I remember feeling as though I was “discovering” this new and interesting planet, not actually creating it from scratch. It was a remarkable and exciting moment.

I’ve often thought of writing a story about this city-planet. Perhaps I will do something short. What do y’all think?

Today I spent time outlining my book. Finished chapter 2. (Just the outline mind you.) Had to find a way to make the hero become a pivotal part of the story so he would be pulled into the intrigue and surprises being planned by major characters. Found a somewhat unique way I think. Got me excited to see the plot coming together a little bit. ­čÖé Stay tuned!

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And the winner is…*drumroll*

Ladies and Gentlemen, the results are in. After two weeks (ish) of voting and/or commenting we have a winner in the “What shall I write” competition. This winner does not necessarily get the rights to be the first book published by yours truly, however it will weigh heavily in my decision. After all, I would like it to sell moderately well and so I must consider the demands of the people! :o)

The winner in the polls, with a landslide victory, was “Past All Ends”, finishing with 43% of the vote. In a distant second was “The Lost Son of David” with 26% of the vote. However, that was not the only way for the public to weigh in on this hotly contested debate. The comment section also gave voters the opportunity to lend their voice to the fray. And this added extra nuance because voters could mention a secondary choice instead of just a “Top Pick”.

So giving 2 points for a mention as a “top choice” in the comments section, and allowing one point for any “second choice” mention, and then adding one point for every vote cast in the electronic poll……the final victor, with 15 total votes, is

“The Lost Son of David”!!!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this. It was fun, and it gives me a little glimpse of what people would like to read, especially those that I know. We will see where this goes from here.

The final results are displayed below:

Lost Son of David = 15

Past All Ends = 13

Spirit Blade = 7

Stories for Children = 6

Dipsoukhos Chronicles = 3

Galaxy Heroes = 2

Earthstring = 2

Thanks again everyone! Have a great week! I will try to keep you updated as things develop.

The Writing Bug

Yes, I’ve been bitten. The writing bug has sunk┬áhis teeth/stinger deep into my soul. This poison, if we can call it that, is pervasive and powerful. I fear the only antidote is to actually write a book. So I have decided to begin taking the necessary steps to produce something that people can actually purchase and enjoy. [Keep reading. I need your feedback.]

I’ve looked into finding a publisher to print and market my work, but that involves first selling an idea to a literary agent, and then ultimately to a publishing company. This is hard enough to do for an average author, but for someone who has never been published it is even harder. Not that I am afraid of hard work, but I only have limited time to devote to this endeavor and I’d rather spend it writing than selling. Ultimately I have chosen a different road.

I am going to try to self-publish my work at first. Perhaps if it sells well enough I will have a better case to make┬áwhen trying to sell my work to a bigger publishing company. I have been learning more about the self-publishing industry, and in particular about “print-on-demand” services. I won’t bore you, but that will be the best for us right now. It requires the least amount of investment at the start.┬á A good beginning. Perhaps I was spurred on by my sister, who has successfully authored a book and published it herself. I don’t know. But I feel it is a worthwhile way to earn money for my family doing something I enjoy, and perhaps have an impact on others.

Being a lover of stories, be they true or fiction, I have decided to pursue one of several ideas I have had over the years. This is where y’all can assist me. I need to do some “market research” of a sort. My family and friends will certainly be my first customers, so I want to know what stories would appeal to you. What would you like to read? More importantly, what would you pay to read? ;o)

The following is a list of the story ideas that I am considering. If you would like to contribute to this process, I would value your opinion. Please give me your vote! Pick which story you would like to read the most. Leave a comment (on this blog, not on Facebook please) which indicates your top two choices. I will tally the votes after a couple of weeks and let you know which story wins. This will factor heavily in my decision on which story to write first.

You can also vote on the poll which I will try to embed in this post. (I am a novice at polling.)

Click on the link to read about that particular story. In no particular order, the nominees are:

Earthstring the Great

The Dipsoukhos Chronicles

Past All Ends

Spirit Blade

The Lost Son of David

Galaxy Heroes

Finally, perhaps a series of children’s books with homeschoolers as the main characters. Targeted to the 2-6 year old age group. The children would learn important lessons about God and relationships, but set in a homeschooling environment instead of the typical┬áchildren’s story.┬áSeems to be an untapped market there. I would have to have an illustrator for that project.

I appreciate the time invested in doing this, so thanks. And just a reminder, I retain all copyrights to my intellectual property. You can never be too careful these days.  :o)