Where do you get your ideas for your manuscripts: I mean location, location and location

 

Do you get ideas for your stories or novels at the absolutely wrong time? And what do you do about it if anything?

One of my favorite places to get ideas at the wrong time is at night when I am either trying to fall asleep, tossing and turning and so on. An idea will pop in and I do the same thing each time because after all it works so well. I say to myself I will remember this tomorrow for I don’t need to write it down. Because that works NEVER. Ugh. I am not sure why I can’t put a notepad near me. Well, I have but did I put anything in? No. Instead I tell myself that I will remember that.

Another awesome place that ideas come to me is in the car. That reminds me I need to put a notepad in the car. I rarely keep my cell phone out unless I am charging it. I don’t call or text when I am driving. I need to watch for cars that have people who are calling or texting. That whole topic I best save for another day for it angers me how people can drive a car that can kill them or someone else so easily just because oh my gosh Betty broke up with her boyfriend or Mrs. Miller needs to call you for the umpteen time on something. It can wait until I am pulled over.

Moving on. Another place that is just peachy when I come up with ideas is the shower. Because nothing says story ideas like a shower, am I right? I won’t bring up the idea that came to me on how to remember the story idea. Just too stupid. But this is place where I get a mega amount of story ideas.

The point is story ideas will come at you from all directions, any time of the day and at any eventful thing you are doing. It don’t care if the doctor is about to come into the examination room, it don’t care if it is finally your turn at the DMV or anyplace where you have time to wait. It does not care if you are doing anything that does not concern it. Ideas will pop in at will and demand you pay attention to it.

I am getting better at writing these down or noting them for later. Still for all I know I may have had the idea for a NY best-selling book but I just didn’t for whatever reason write it down.

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Do you read your manuscript backwards?

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As your grow in your writing you learn tricks of the trade. These are invaluable for they help save you time and also improve your manuscript. Than there are the tips you might hear about from other writers when they share what they have heard used.

When someone said that they read their works backup my head immediately looked up to turn to look at her. This was at my critique group. I was surprised. I was even more surprised when I saw some of the other members nod their head.

What the heck? Read your manuscript backwards? According to them when you read your manuscript forwards your mind tricks you into believing you have read every word but what happens is your mind skims over words especially if you have read your WIP to heck and back. When you read backwards your mind is not able to do this as readily because after all who reads a book backwards. By doing so you catch errors that might have been missed and errors that were big that could have made your manuscript tank.

Reading online about this shortly after the meeting I found out this was an actual thing. It is not something I had done at this point. Yes I have read a page or two but nothing significant. I keep telling myself I will do it. If it is another tool to make your work pop I need to make an honest effort to try it for myself. Thank goodness my children series are not so long. But oh man when and if I do the novels that are in the 50k. It will take me convincing myself a lot to give this a go.

Ghostwriting

 

Have you ever wondered how athletes, actors or big name people get their book out? Some do write it but a good portion uses ghostwriters giving the author what they want to see inside the book. So have you ever thought to becoming a ghostwriter or to using one for yourself?

The opportunity has risen for me twice but both never panned out. In a way that is good for I was not sure how I felt about becoming a ghostwriter. The pros: It is a paying gig. You add a new skill to your resume. You might get future work with this. The con: You get no credit for the work. If the book does well you don’t get a bit of the profit since your job ended when the book was finished.

So what would you do? Would you be willing to write what could very well be the next best-selling book but have someone else’s name on it? Or what you get paid would that be enough for a job well done?

It is something I have gone over back and forth when I was asked if I would consider doing this. I’m still not sure One can’t have it both ways. If the chance came around again and it was something that would be followed through I would have to decide yes or no. And if the price was right that could easily tip it over. 🙂