Happy National Jelly Bean Day! I know... that's a little strange, I honestly didn't know it was until I saw a sign outside the library. It's also Good Friday and Earth Day. Wow, that's a lot of days in one day. I read "The Lorax" in honor of Earth Day, watched part of "The Passion of the Christ" for Good Friday, and I'm eating some jelly beans as I write this right now.
No letter from the contest yet, darn it. But no news is not terrible news... or something like that. :)
Anyway, writing. I was thinking today and I wanted to ask, what inspires you to write something? My first book I wrote kind of as a dare for a friend that thought all books had happy endings and positive conclusion. It became much more than that. The second was based on a poor relationship that I had in high school, a boyfriend that was verbally abusive. He was never anything like the abusive boyfriend in my novel, but it was something that I realized people don't write about. The third was inspired by a true story. A young man disappeared from my college campus and I became emotionally attached to the situation, desperate for him to come home, but they didn't find him alive. He died. I almost didn't continue writing the story but I did. I wrote it for him; it gave Jon a happier ending in my opinion. I felt like I gave him a chance to live, even if it wasn't real and only in the pages of a book.
There's a line in there that made me think and the story just evolved from there. "Never fall in love with a woman that sells herself; it only ends badly." It's about a young woman that works at a strip club for money while going to school to be a doctor. She has incredibly low self-esteem and doesn't think that she is worth anything, only her physical beauty. Lydia doesn't mean to fall in love with Zach, thinking that he could never love her. It's a story of an impossible love that will break your heart. Also, I modeled the main character's best friend after one of my friends, Callie is based on my friend Emma. :) She loves climbing, doesn't mind swearing, and still a persistent Christian. It's still a work-in-progress. I only have a little over 2,000 words.
I've also been known to be inspired to write by watching NCIS or just thinking before I fall asleep. I love making up crazy ideas and trying to form a story!
What inspires you to write?