Wednesday, February 5, 2020

IWSG - Picture It



Whew. One month of 2020 is already down. Time is already flying, or it could be my feelings of getting nothing accomplished. LOL But…we won’t get into all of that now. Today is the first Wednesday of the month so that means a new IWSG post.

So this month I was going to talk about all the woes, but frankly I’m tired. Tired of being annoyed about the static nature of things for me. Tired of never feeling like I’m making any sort of progress and gaining any ground in this whole endeavor.

Instead, I’m gonna take it a little easy and simply answer this month’s optional question.

Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

I get inspiration from all sorts of places. Dreams, random conversations, songs, etc. You get the idea, but I can’t say that a picture ever inspired a story per se. However, with my writing squad we liked to do a thing called “Man Candy Monday” LOL which is exactly like you’d expect, we would find pictures of men we thought were attractive and post in the group. I mean hey, we’re romance writers, character “inspiration” is always a good thing. Hahaha

Anyway, this guy was one of my contributions. I was intrigued by the eyes first and then I liked the sprinkling of gray in his beard and hair. But mostly the eyes. When the ladies challenged me to move from simple contemporary romance over to erotic romance he became my first character. The rest of the story formed around using this image as my male lead.

After that, I needed to find the inspiration of who would be his leading lady and the story took shape from there. This story ended up being one I had the biggest love/hate relationship with for various reasons. It’s also the first story I queried. And the first story I got an offer on.

I still have a love/hate relationship with it, but it is what it is. The story is complete. Is it a great seller? No, but then again none of my books are so it fits right in, in that regard.



So, if you ever read Anything Once, this image is what inspired Ian Faraday.

That’s it for me. Have a great month.

Until next time
~Meka

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The awesome co-hosts for the The awesome co-hosts for the February 5th posting of the IWSG are Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson!

10 comments:

  1. I'm the same, my story inspirations are usually from a dreams. Sometimes a phrase or a sound. So the story comes first and then I search out for visual inspiration, especially for character images.

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    1. Yeah, the ideas come from almost anywhere. Song lyrics are my biggest inspiration for sure. The downside is having so many ideas and the the focus to get any of them done. Having the character inspiration images helps because I SUCK at descriptions so having something concrete to look at gives me a better footing.

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  2. I'd say one image really did inspire you!
    I might be in trouble if I posted sexy women every week though...

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    1. LOL it did. And hahaha you have to find the right group that will be excited about your images of sexy women.

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  3. Man candy, indeed!
    When things feel like they're not moving at all, I make a list of things I've done that week/month and what they mean: sometimes it just looks like something isn't moving, but it did just like a glacier ;-)

    Ronel visiting on IWSG day Project Evergreen

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    1. Yup! It's great inspiration, especially since we're romance writers. I should make a list. My writing squad is good about boosting me when I start to get too down on my lack of progress. Thank you for that article. I'll have to bookmark it so I can refer back to it when needed.

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  4. I am so amused with your inspiration. What a fun way to be inspired! And to share that inspiration with other writers too! Hope you keep at it!

    With Love,
    Mandy

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    1. LOL thank you. It is a fun way to be inspired for sure. Makes the "research" totally enjoyable. hahaha

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  5. I liked the grey in his beard too. Too many covers have guys that could easily be my son. So ewwwww.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Right! Give some love to the older gents and ladies. I have a friend that writes characters that are mostly over 40 or late thirties to push it. She wanted to see her age group better represented and set out to do that. I was inspired to do the same.

      hahah on the ewwww I get it. Luckily for now my sons are still kids, but yeah, I could see that. It's why I can't read any stories that use their names.

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