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How to come up with story ideas

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I hear quite often how a writer cannot quite come to grips with their story ideas.

“What do I write about?”
“How do I write it?”
“Is there a right or wrong way?”

If you have to ask what to write about, you haven’t fully examined the wealth of ideas abounding around you. If you have to ask how to write, you haven’t grasped all the information poured into your head during your school days. If you have to ask about a right or wrong way…well, you have listened to too many people telling you HOW TO DO it.

Stop listening to the voices in your life telling you how to write your story and start listening to the voices in your head telling you HOW TO WRITE THEIR STORY.

Here is an exercise you can try that may free up your writing muse and get you going on the page. No one can tell a story about your life or from your life like you can. And if you were as lucky as I was to have storytellers in your life then you already have a fertile field from which to pluck stuff. Ideas really do come up from the ground like dandelions.

Believe me, you know WAY more than you think you do.

So, today,

write a story/use ideas that someone has told you.

Sit down, tap on the keys, or write in longhand something from your own existance. Did someone tell you about their grandfather stealing a horse? Write that scene from your grandfather’s perspective. Do you like the perspective of the horse’s owner? WRITE IT. Hey, remember Black Beauty? You could write it from the HORSE’S perspective!

What if your mother told you how she and your father met? Embellish it and make it into a romance. What about that time you were convinced someone was hiding behind your door, only to discover in the first light of dawn that it was your bathrobe hanging on the hook back there.

You see? Anything, ideawise, can spark a story. It’s up to you to write it. And for now, you have my permission to NOT write it by the “rules”. You can bury dialogue, use all the tags you want, and head-hop every which way but right.

Just get the story out. We will figure all the wherefores and whatalls at a later date.

I hope this helps someone out there find their courage. It helps me too!

WGP Episode 52- Cynthia Vespia, supernatural fantasy

Welcome Groupies! Here we are at episode 52 – which means we have done one whole year’s worth of podcasts. Well, of course, more with my flyby episodes, but 52 INTERVIEWS. Isn’t that great??? And today, I chat with a fun and busy author, Cynthia Vespia. The Original Cyn, as she is sometimes known. You are going to love this interview! Be sure to subscribe to the iTunes feed or the Youtube channel and leave ratings and reviews! And look for Cynthia’s links at the bottom of this post.

So, off we go…and on with the show!
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Cynthia Vespia, “The Original Cyn,” is an author, graphic designer, and video editor. Her novels are adventure-based, designed to keep pages turning and hearts pounding. With a focus on supernatural suspense and dark fantasy, Vespia weaves varied genres into her work that deliver cross-over appeal for readers. She has been nominated for a “Best in Series” award for her fantasy trilogy Demon Hunter.

She has also turned her creative energy into Original Cyn Creative Services, an award-winning copy, design, and video source for the development of promotional content. With over a decade of experience her background has included feature writing for a variety of publications; web design; national marketing and promotional campaigns via print and copy; script writing; video trailers and montages for authors and entrepreneurs. Her creative work has won awards for “Most Artistic Trailer” Demon Hunter 2: Seek & Destroy; “Best Video” Bloodlines; and a nomination for “Best Cover Design” Demon Huntress: Destiny Unleashed.

During her downtime she enjoys getting lost in a good book or movie, and keeping active through martial arts and weight training.


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SHOW NOTES:

In this episode, we discuss:

  • the Original Cyn brand and how it came to be
  • cover design and how it is very important in today’s book industry
  • what important elements are included in a book cover design
  • insider details about typography
  • how Cynthia got started doing design work
  • whether she would prefer to be known for her design work or as an author
  • insider details about her trilogies, Demon Hunter, and Demon Huntress
  • info about a continuing series and how they can keep readers entertained
  • where she finds the time to write so many books, and have a busy business also
  • advice for aspiring authors
  • and so MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!

    Find Cynthia Vespia on these sites:

    Cynthia’s website
    Cynthia’s facebook
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    ABOUT THE HOSTESS
    Thank you for visiting Writer Groupie Podcast! For more writing information and education, try the Articles page (from the home page click on Articles for Writers).
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    WGP Episode 51- Jordan Nasser, romance author

    Welcome, Groupies! This is episode 51 of the podcast, and today I chat with Jordan Nasser.

    Jordan left his dream job behind and took the opportunity to re-examine his life—an experience he highly recommends if you ever have the chance. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he was raised in the South before moving to New York City. He currently lives and writes in Stockholm, Sweden and Nice, France.

    In his debut novel, Home Is a Fire, he drew upon his experiences growing up in the South. Outstanding reviews placed the book on the Amazon top ten rated LGBT fiction list. That story continues in his second novel, The Fire Went Wild.

    So, here we go…on with the show!
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    Jordan’s a quiet-spoken, interesting writer. I am excited to have him on Writer Groupie Podcast. Be sure to check out his sites at the bottom of this post.

    SHOW NOTES:

    In this episode, we learn:

  • How Jordan’s book mimics real life.
  • Why he wrote the second book, first.
  • Insider details about how he wanted the book to be received.
  • Why he chose to indie-publish.
  • Information on what Jordan would tell an aspiring author today.
  • and so MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!
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    Find Mr. Nasser on these sites:
    Jordan Nasser’s website
    Jordan’s Facebook page
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    You can also subscribe to this podcast in iTunes HERE

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    ABOUT THE HOSTESS
    Thank you for visiting Writer Groupie Podcast! For more writing information and education, try the Articles page (from the home page click on Articles for Writers).
    Like this site? Subscribe to my blog via a subscribe button on any page, or here at my RSS feed and never miss another episode or informative blog post.
    Follow me on Twitter.
    Join the Facebook group “Writing Motivators”

    WGP Flyby — Set A Writing Goal

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    Writer Groupie Podcast brings you discussions, insights, and insider details on planning, producing, promoting, and profiting as a writer.

    Welcome to Writer Groupie! Today I am bringing in the new year with some sage advice about those of you who decided 2016 was the year you would write the great novel. It is a lofty goal, albeit an achievable one, if you follow a few easy steps.

    I will post up some new interviews in the coming days so be sure to check back!

    Thanks for listening! You can find show notes, contact form, and more at http://www.writergroupie.net

    Back episodes can be found at http://www.kimsmithauthor.com/writergroupie

    WGP Flyby 2016 — Write It Down

    Hey Groupies! It’s Friday and I am doing a quick flyby podcast to remind you of a few things…things to help keep you on track in 2016 with your writing. We all need to be reminded…so…check it out!

    I am also looking for ROMANCE authors to have on the podcast in February in anticipation of Valentines Day. Leave me a contact form, and let’s book it.

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    Writer Groupie Podcast brings you discussions, insights, and insider details on planning, producing, promoting, and profiting as a writer.

    Welcome to Writer Groupie!

    Thanks for listening! You can find show notes, contact form, and more at http://www.writergroupie.net

    WGP Episode 47- Armand Rosamilia, author

    Welcome to the podcast! It’s already episode 47 – can you believe it? I didn’t have time to record an intro this time, because Christmas is rolling toward us! It’s already CHRISTMAS WEEK! While you are off, you should totally make time to listen to this podcast.

    Armand Rosamilia is a great author and podcaster, and he just got a Kindle Scout contract. You know you want to know more about that! You can click any of these images to go straight to Amazon and purchase his work.


    Bio:
    Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life… He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.

    SHOW NOTES

    • Armand tells us what cons he will be at in 2016.
    • We learn how he got started writing and ended up penning so many works.
    • How many words a day he tries to write a day.
    • What genre he is going to work in now, and it is NOT horror.
    • Insider info about his Kindle Scout contract
    • How he stays on track when he gets multiple ideas
    • Inspiration for taking care of the business side of writing
    • Information about his publishing choices
    • BONUS: insider info on the actual story that Kindle picked up
    • Details about his podcasts, see links below!


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    Find Armand at his sites listed here:
    Armand Rosamilia, website
    Armand Rosamilia, Facebook
    Armand Rosamilia, Twitter
    http://www.projectiradio.com/shows/arm-cast-podcast/

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