True story #1- Back in 2007 I was working at a daycare as an assistant teacher. There was a little boy in my room who reminded me of my hubs. This boy’s mannerisms, something of his face, just made me smile and think of my husband. I went home and told him of this boy, whom I’d come to think of quite fondly, and we had a good laugh about his mini-clone. That got me thinking. What if there was a woman, who, for some reason felt she couldn’t laugh about it? Who couldn’t even bring herself to talk to her husband about it, because- God forbid- she might suspect infidelity?
That planted the idea for Ditch Flowers.
True story #2- Sometime after that I was taking classes as an adult student and there was a girl in one of my classes. She was quite lovely, zaftig, with white skin and red hair and plenty of confidence. I wondered how she had come to gain so much confidence when I still struggled to find my own.
That idea became the story of Rousseau.
True story #3- I woke up, heart beating, feeling adrenaline rush through me as I gasped myself awake. I had been dreaming I was married to an abusive husband, and we had a baby together. I knew, in the dream, it was just a matter of time before he began abusing our daughter. So, in the dream I planned our escape through a back bedroom window just minutes before he was to arrive home from work.
That turned into Running.
And there’s more I haven’t even mentioned. Do you see where I’m going here? I didn’t seek out any of these ideas. I didn’t chase the muse. I simply stumbled upon them somehow. Or they thrust themselves upon me. Sometimes ideas can be like magic, simply happening to us when we least expect it. They might go nowhere. But…they just might turn into something special. It might be as simple as meeting someone new, or hearing a phrase you’ve never heard before, or asking yourself a question out of nowhere. Let yourself be open to ideas even if you’re not actively seeking them. Being blocked, which I believe is a real thing at times, doesn’t mean there aren’t ideas available for you to use. Even if you can’t or don’t come up with them on your own. Let yourself be aware of what is happening around you. The answers might be within your reach. And you might only need to find the question.