How author Marianne Spitzer finds inspiration
First of all, I love to write. There isn’t much that is more exciting for me than to sit down at my laptop and see a blank document in front of me. I know that soon the words will flow and the page will be filled. Then a second and a third will be filled and my story is on the run. I love to write. Watching my thoughts turn into a story is exciting.
I find my inspirations in many places and things. I have a folder full of ideas that may become books one day. I wish I could write them faster, but as it is, I have six stories in different phases of completion now.
I can look at a picture of an old abandoned castle or house and see the story within. Since I write supernatural mystery, I will see ghosts in every window and horrors behind each door. It depends on which horror or ghost’s tale I imagine most vividly that becomes the story. I may imagine many ideas and the ones I don’t use immediately are written down in the ever expanding idea folder.
I also pull inspiration from events in my life or an idea that just pops into my mind. My life is not full of ghosts and I don’t live in a haunted mansion, but inspiration can come from an everyday experience. Having an open mind to what might be is where I get ideas. There are times when I have no idea where the inspiration comes from. Personally, I think it’s my muse. I don’t have any other explanation.
As an example, I do live in an apartment building. We have a huge room for special events or our annual Christmas dinner. At night, the doors are left open, but the lights are off. If I forgot to get my mail before dark or am leaving via the front door, I need to walk down the hallway which leads to the meeting room. It looks like a black void. The hall is bright and then you see a huge black hole. My mind can run amok and think of a dozen things that could be going on in that room from a ghost party to the hiding place of an evil spirit.
My family often wonders about how my mind works when I can come up with a story on the spot on any subject they choose. Maybe my mind is wired differently or my imagination is wilder. Whatever it is, I love it and it leads me to write which is my passion.
About the author: Marianne I was born in Milwaukee, and lived there until I was eighteen. Then I spent eight years in Washington state and California before returning to Wisconsin. I love eerie places and books. I began with a love of Nancy Drew books and as I grew I found H.P Lovecraft, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others. When I am not writing, I am reading or watching sunsets. I have been writing short stories since I was in grade school. Most were in the form of essays relating real life events. Many were purely imaginary trips to magical places and times. I enjoy making up stories about people I meet or see on the street. I can see a story in a picture, especially if the picture is eerie. My imagination runs wild and free. I have self-published a book of essays and a book of children’s stories for my granddaughter, Brittney. Gypsy Spirits is my debut novel and the first in the series of three “spirit” books. I have self-published the second “spirit” book, Annamarie and Magdalena. I also self-published a supernatural mystery, THE LETTER. I plan to have the sequel to THE LETTER out this year and the third “spirit” book available winter 2013/14. From there I am sure my muse will guide me into another story plot.
This book also contains the supernatural/mystery short story “MEGAN’S FEAR.”
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How Rebecca Graf finds time to write…work…be a mother…wife….read…run a business….I’m tired just writing that title…
How Rebecca finds the time to write…
That is a question I get a lot. The more people get to know me, the more they seem to ask that question. I don’t know if I have an answer. It just happens.
I don’t have a 9-5 job so that helps. I work from home as a freelance writer and online business owner. I have three kids ages 16, 14, and 11 who have me running quite a bit. I run five online sites with two of them as full businesses. Oh, and currently I am going back to school to get my history and English degree. So, how do
I find the time to write?
I make it happen.
I am a big list person. I have to or I’d forget over half of what I have to get done. I list out first all the areas of my life and then put at least five things down under each that need to get done. Then I pull the most important one and start working on it. Between every couple of tasks, I stop and write at least a hundred words on a story. It could be any story. I’m currently working on twelve at one time. The one I write on depends on my goals. I have goals for each story, and I focus on it until I meet the goal and then move on to another story.
It has to be something you make time for. There are days I don’t get to do more than write for pay or blog posts, but they are few and far between. My muse won’t let me ignore it. She’ll pester me and pester me until I get the writing done.
Though now that I think about it, school is about over. I don’t know what I’ll do then. I might have to escape to the library or the local coffee shop to find the time to write. Because family won’t let you.
About the author: Rebecca Graf
Rebecca Graf spent over twenty years in the accounting field with no way to release her creative juices. To do so in accounting, could get you life. So she began writing online. From there, she ventured into fiction. Dark Connections is her fifth published book with many more in the works. Rebecca is the mother of three children and lives with them and her husband of twenty years in Wisconsin.
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