You have to go after it with a club.” That’s a quote from a great writer, Jack London. And ain’t that the truth!
Well, where does inspiration come from? Where can you find it? The answer is EVERYWHERE. In writing a Romance novel, there’s a hero, a heroine, an obstacle and a happy ending (generally speaking). And, in those 80,000 or so words, there’s a lot of detail and everyday observation. It all adds up so a writer has to keep his eyes and ears open, and keep a notebook or smartphone handy.
Writers often write about what they know, so they weave their own personal experiences into the narrative or they fictionalize those borrowed from the lives of others. I use Scrivener, a program for writers, and I make folders for ideas I want to include, for names I want to use, for puns I’ve said or heard, for vocabulary words I want to integrate.
And I’m constantly pulling my phone out of my pocket to capture a scene with the camera or instructing the virtual assistant to make a note of something I’ve seen or heard. (Or that I’ve thought of when…you guessed it…inspiration strikes).