STARING AT A BLANK SCREEN
by Dora Hiers
Four books completed. Two published. One under contract. One more under consideration.
What do you do when a blank, white page stares back at you from the computer screen?
Where do I turn for ideas and inspiration?
Not where. Who.
I start by chatting with God. Praising Him. Worshiping at His feet. Marveling at His handiwork: the spectacular colors of a sunrise or sunset, swaying trees in a gentle breeze, animals like a giraffe with that long crane for a neck. God has such an imagination and a sense of humor. I ask Him for a spark, just a speck of sand from His creative well. Then I leave it up to Him and open my mind ot His possibilities.
God used a newspaper article to plant the seed for Journey’s End, and a television newscast for Journey’s Edge. For both books, I asked “what if?” until the idea for the books no longer resembled the original story. Journey’s Embrace started as a dream. Yep. I see you shaking your head. No kidding. The dream actually became the opening scene.
So, where do I find my ideas, my inspiration for an entertaining, action-packed, heart racing, God-gracing romance? I…
Scour newspapers and magazines
Soak up my favorite television shows
Browse through internet and local news sites
Wade through files and notes, research online
Consider life experiences: weddings, funerals, jobs, family issues, hobbies, etc.
Evenutally a story event or character takes hold of my head and captures my heart.
Once I have them, what do I do with them?
Some writers like to keep a pen and paper handy to joy down ideas. I use a voice recorder app on my smartphone.
OK, you can call me lazy, but it’s actually faster than typing, and I always have my phone on hand.
I store potential newspaper articles and possible character pictures in a folder. For fleshing out my characters and organizing my story, I use Microsoft One Note. Each book becomes a Notebook, and every character has their own page, complete with bio and pictures.
Are you staring at a blank screen?
Where do you dig for ideas?
Where do you get your inspiration?
Red flags—including some goon who’s following her—raise McKinley Frasier’s suspicions that numbers don’t add up at the insurance firm. When someone tries to snatch McKinley’s daughter from school, she turns to police officer and ex-fiance, Renner Crossman—the cop who walked out on her a month before their wedding. But Renner’s not the same guy who broke her heart ten years ago. He calls himself a “new man.” She trusts the new Renner with her daughter’s safety…but what about her heart?
After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Dora and her husband make their home in North Carolina. When she’s not writing, Dora enjoys reading and family gatherings. She despises traffic, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with happily-ever-after’s.
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