Cosplay Killer is 99c from November 25 – 30th
Ghost Light Killer is 2.99 from November 25 – 30th
Crown Court Killer is 2.99 from November 25 – 30th
(Image by fiach from Pixabay)
I hate the question. Where do I find inspiration? It’s one of those open-ended questions that causes my mind to go blank. Just…blank. No ideas. Nothing.
So I thought I’d share where I got the initial inspiration for a few of my different books.
– the Blackbird Series: a crazy dream I had the week before NaNoWriMo started.
– After the Scrum: I made the mistake of watching 7 Nation rugby a week before NaNoWriMo one year.
– Royal Marine: Bake Off. Seriously. I binge-watched a few seasons of it, and Akash sprung from that.
– One Last Heist: Ocean’s Eleven.
– Motts: Motts was inspired by two things. One, the idea of someone naming their child after the food they crave while pregnant. Two, the series Rosemary & Thyme.
– My current WIP is inspired by Britain’s Secret Treasures, a show all about the artifacts people find while using metal detectors.
– Cosplay Killer was inspired in part by this:
– Pure Dumb Luck: I saw a news story about someone winning the lottery and sharing it with their best friend.
If you’re an author, where do you find inspiration for your books?
…for autistic (and neurodivergent) authors.
There is so much advice online for authors. The vast majority of it always seems to be focused on neurotypical authors. It’s something I’ve always found to be quite frustrating.
Much of that advice is often something that is no help to me at all. In fact, I’ve usually found it can be detrimental to my writing process. So I thought I’d share a few things that I’ve found work for me.
I’m not an expert in anything aside from my own process.
1. If writing blog posts feels like too much? Do bullet points.
2. Make a daily to-do lists and if even one thing is crossed off–that’s a win.
3. Do creative work in the morning. I seem to be at my most creative early in the day. Whatever your ‘on’ time is, do the writing stuff then.
4. If editing is causing anxiety, do one edit/one page/fix one issue per day until it’s done.
5. Using Pomodoro Study With Me videos as a way to get things done when I’m struggling to focus:
6. If emails are stressing me out, I close out my inbox. I’ve found the majority of emails can wait. The world doesn’t end if I can’t respond immediately.
7. Boundaries matter.
8. No matter what ‘all the experts’ say. I have to find a way to make social media work for me.
9. Some days, I just can’t write. There’s no shame in taking a break.
(not counting her cat, turtle, and friends lol.)
More specifically, here’s a few of Motts’s favourite Christmas things.
Her least favourite things:
Really, that’s it. Carolling. A nightmare for Motts.
What are your favourite holiday things?