Staring at a Blank Screen?

You type “The End” and smile,
relief mingling with renewed energy. You did it!
Now what?
What do you do when a blank computer screen stares back at you?
Where do you turn for ideas and inspiration? 
Who better than the Creator of the Universe?

Chat with God. Praise Him. Worship at His feet. 
Marvel at His handiwork: a sunrise or spectacular sunset, tree limbs that sway with a gentle breeze, funny animals. God has such an imagination and a sense of humor. Why not ask Him for a spark, just a speck of sand from His creative well? Then, leave it up to Him and open your mind to His possibilities. 

So, where can you find ideas to fill an entertaining, action-packed story? 
Scour newspapers, magazines, and books 
Soak up your favorite television shows 
Browse through news articles and local news sites 
Wade through files and notes, research online 
Consider life experiences: weddings, funerals, jobs, family issues, hobbies, etc. 

Eventually, a story event or character will take hold of your head and capture your heart. 

Are you staring at a blank screen? Where do you dig for ideas?

Where are you at today?

Three books. Done.

That’s not an easy task for me. I’m a perfectionist. I could edit until after the book’s printed and I’d still find changes to make. But, I’m working on that. Time to let go of the Marshals and free my brain for something different.  

Where do I turn for ideas and inspiration?  Not where. Who. 

God used a newspaper article to plant the seed for Journey’s End, and a tv newscast for Journey’s Edge. For both books, I asked “what if?” until the idea for the books no longer resembled the original story. And Journey’s Embrace all started with a dream. Yep. I see you shaking your head. No kidding. The dream actually became the opening scene.

I never know how God will plant an idea. So, it’s time to scour newspapers, soak up my favorite television shows (not easy in the summertime!) and keep a pen and paper handy by my bed to jot down ideas. Now, I’m sitting at my desk, wading through files and notes, poring through story lines and characters, waiting for one to take hold of my head and capture my heart. My computer screen idles. Empty…blank…white. 

With Edge under consideration with White Rose Publishing and Embrace ready to submit, I’m at a crossroads. Waiting on God. Praying for peace. Growing patience.  

Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV)

This is what the LORD says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.

That’s where I’m at. Asking God for the ancient paths, where the good way is, so I can walk in it and find rest for my soul.

Where are you at today?