What's a Writer to Do?

Whenever I have an author interview, there's always one specific question that comes up. "Where do I get my ideas?" I usually smile and say my ideas come from everywhere like headlines, life experiences, news... The truth is a little more complex. I've dreamed of being a writer since I was a teenager, and in many ways, it was kind of a mixed blessing. While it's nice to have a vision, sometimes that vision drives you crazy. I get ideas all the time....I mean ALL the time. Most of my writer friends tell me they have the same kinds of experiences. I've had so many ideas over the years that I can't possibly write about all of them, and that's nerve wracking. 😬 It's tough to decide which ones will end up in a book, and which ones will end up in file 13, otherwise known as crumpled up paper on the floor.

I love telling stories and writing, but the sad truth is there aren't enough hours in a day for me to write everything I want to. My writer brain just doesn't stop working. I might be waiting for a bus and spy a man standing across the street, and right away, my inner storyteller goes berserk. What's he doing? Why is he there? Does he have a secret to hide? Within seconds, I've imagined the guy working for the CIA or meeting his high school sweetheart for the first time in twenty years. It's a compulsion. I can't help it, so what's a writer to do about it? Write.

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