As a writer, I'm often asked how I get my ideas. I wish I could say, a bolt of lightening jolts me out of my everyday life, and I'm delivered a brilliant idea with a full blown plot. I can't say that's ever happened to me, and usually my plots evolve. I get a small germ of an idea and then I start trying to figure out how to express that thought, what kinds of characters and what turning points are going to express my theme. And theme...that doesn't usually appear until after the first draft.
But the reason I tell you this is because I recently realized that many of my stories are about brides or weddings. Here, are just a few of my "Bride" stories. There is A Scarlet Bride, The Burnett Brides - The Rancher, The Burnett Brides - The Outlaw, and The Burnett Brides - The Marshall. I also wrote The Wanted Bride, which I hope to have available June 1. It seemed like an appropriate time of the year for that book.
It kind of surprised me that I'd written so many stories about brides. Then I remember the series I wrote based on three women who all learn they are married to the same man within the first five pages of the book.
Recently, I've been tackling a secret baby book, and I thought that was different for me, until I realized that I'd already written one secret baby book.
Many times as a writer we're looking for unusual plots, but find we're writing the same plots with a different twist. According to one book I read there are only twenty plots in the world and all of our stories are based on these twenty plots.
I'm finishing up the book I've spent the last year on and getting ready to plot my next story. I always have wisps of stories, just not complete plots. Right now I'm juggling three different ideas that are not complete.
So tell me what's your favorite type of story? Secret babies, mistaken identity, marriage of convenience or inconvenience, brides, cowboys or maybe it's vampires. Do you have a favorite plot? What type of plots do you like to read. What story lines do you not see much of? Does it matter if it's historical or contemporary?