What inspires you to write? Where does your inspiration come from?
My first book, ‘Though the Bud Be Bruised’, is now a finalist in the Caleb Unpublished Manuscript awards. This book, though a work of fiction, is a true story camouflaged within a novel. I didn’t create the story. It really happened. So I wondered, could I write a real novel?A few months ago, as I was walking, a story began running through my head. The thoughts were triggered by some of the prophetic words I’d read following the earth quake in
That day, I asked myself another question. What if my crazy thoughts were made into a novel? With sudden clarity, I realised there are many novels within me. With confidence, I sat at the keys to release the story, but my characters aren’t clear. Who are they really? What do they look like? What are they called?
Trying to solve this problem, I’ve sat in public places, notepad on my knee, trying to describe people, attempting to reduce their faces to a few powerful words so my reader can see them.
Walking in the early morning is a good time for me to push my story further. As I pass the beauty of the garden and the wonder of the creek and wander through the mini forest which follows the little stream, my characters run beside me, doing battle with each other, the elements, life’s problems and God.
What about you? I’d love to know where your stories and ideas are birthed. How do you bring them forth?
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Jo Wanmer is an emerging writer, speaker and pastor. She lives in Brisbane with Steve, her husband of 40 years.