"My Oun Buch"
That's the title of Little Monster's first book she wrote several weeks ago. I'm so proud *sniff*. Now she's cranking them out faster than me, and comes up with great ideas like "All obaut Ranbos" (she gushes about rainbows in this one- I think she saw the double rainbow orgasm guy on youtube). Or the classic, "All Obaut Haus's" in which she channel's Lady Gaga's Haus of Gaga to write eloquently about different colored houses (plus she's all about the diversity). And then she dabbles in horror with "Stars in the Sci" in which you think its an innocent book about stars in the sky, but then the Wicked Witch of the West comes and eats the stars.
I'm not gonna lie. It can be hard to come up with some good book ideas (and blogs for that matter...geesh, how do you people do it every day?). Everyone keeps telling us, it has to be unique! It can't be the same old stuff we see every day (but at the same time, they seem to gravitate towards what they think will be popular). Agents want that twist that will catch their eye, and publishers want good books they can sell. I'm always so worried my idea isn't "original" enough, or my voice isn't strong enough, or it's just missing that "something". And don't get me started on queries! My hands are shaking just thinking about writing one.
So here I am, on the threshold of editing my own novel, and I'm scared I just wasted a year of my life writing the dang thing. I wish I could crank them out on a whim every other day like Little Monster. Life would be so much easier. I'd have a million awesome stories to choose from (like the all-popular "All obaut graps and abbles and boobares and tmatos and urnges that come off of chrees" in which succulent grapes, apples, blueberries, tomatoes and oranges fall off trees and cover the ground...I mean, c'mon- genius!)
But I do have a ton of ideas that just come to me, so I guess I'm lucky that way. I'll just be standing around and BAM, an idea forms and I have to jot it down or else I'll lose it. I've always been like that- making up stories, daydreaming and imagining myself in different worlds. I think thats why I love fantasy so much.
So this brings me to that all-important question everyone has to have at the end of their blog posts that makes you (my dear readers) think:
How do you come up with your book ideas? Do they just come to you while you are doing something completely unrelated (with me, it's always when I'm at work scanning books or entering requests- totally inconvenient!), or do you have a time where you have to sit down and think deep and hard about possible stories? Do you gather inspiration from the world around you, or do you look within yourself to find that perfect voice?
Happy writing people, and go eat some booberes and some stars for me. I'll just be at my desk tearing my hair out and weeping silently over my current WIP while Little Monster bangs out her millionth novel.