Chris Redding lives in the wilds of New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one dog, and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism and has only had one job in that field because she spent her early marriage following her husband’s career around Europe. When she isn’t writing she works part time for her local hospital.
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I know I’ve written about inspiration before, but I am writing this on a day that someone unknowingly gave me some great inspiration.
He tweeted to me that he loved the title for my latest, A View to a Kilt. He liked that it was a parody of a James Bond title. He asked if I had more. I do. And I thought I was working on one of them.
Turns out I’m not. But.
In that moment of realizing I might have something here, some trend, or something to make me stand out, I realized what the hero was doing. See, I’m changing what was a mom lit to a romantic comedy. The manuscript was originally first person and I’m changing it to third. And now I need the hero’s story arc. Voila. I realized what it will be and how I can make the title from a James Bond movie.
What I’m trying to illustrate is many times inspiration comes subtly. Lots of times I can’t remember where I got an idea. Other times I have a vague memory. This time it smacked me in the face.
So I’ll give credit where it is due. Jeffrey Marks, who I admire as a hard-working writer, and someone who gives back to the writing community. If you are a writer, you should be on his yahoo group, Murder Must Advertise. I have learned so much on it about marketing.
Thanks for having me today and reading along. I’d like to offer a prize to a commenter from the United States. I’ll look in my prize bag and pull something out that is nice and draw a name.