The WG2E’s Write Well Series, Featuring Guest Author Julie Day on “Writing Around Proverbs”

Happy Sunday, WG2E-Land!

(D. D. here…) As part of our new WG2E Write Well Series, I thought it might be fun to have several of you create a short post on where you find the ideas to write your Ebooks.

In our Indie Epublishing World, being prolific – in other words, cranking out Ebooks with gusto – is a wonderful way to grow your readership.

But, cranking out more and more Ebooks means coming up with more and more ideas on which to base your stories.

Here’s how one of  our fabulous WG2E-Land Peeps from The UK, Julie Day, does it…

Think “there’s plenty more fish in the sea”…

For some years now I’ve had the idea to write a series of romance stories based on proverbs. I got the chance to do so in October 2010 when a writer friend said she was setting up as an epublisher. She later decided to close it down, so I went ahead and started to self-publish them as ebooks. I had already written two stories, and revised those to fit the premise of the series, I decided to call ‘Geraldine’s Gems’.

I had the idea that when my character in this series, Geraldine, died and went to Heaven, she’d fall in love with her ex-love who’d also died. Because she falls in love again, she becomes a better person and wants to help her relatives back on Earth. With her eccentric helper Coco, she does a good turn for several people in her life, and so deserves one herself – based on the proverb ‘One Good Turn Deserves Another’.

Another story I’ve self-published is one I revised about a young woman who loses a baby after she’s heartbroken when her boyfriend and mother betray her. She is visited by the ghost of her dead aunt, who helps her realize that there are other men out there, and they aren’t all like her ex – based on the proverb, ‘There’s Plenty More Fish in the Sea’.

It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land Peeps: Where do you get your story ideas?

The Best of WG2E Write Well Wishes — Julie Day

About Julie:

I live in SE London and am a full-time writer. I have been writing for 19 years and have had published reader letters in green, health and writing magazines, short stories in small press magazines Creature Features and Crystal, and on the websites ‘Box of Words’ and ‘alfiedog’.  I have self-published two YA ebooks in a series called ‘The Guardian Angels,’ and two magical romance stories in a series called ‘Geraldine’s Gem’s’.

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  1. Dale Amidei says:

    I wish I knew where the ideas for my story lines originate. For me, novels begin as a crystal in the mind and grow until they need to be addressed, and at that point methodology takes over. The protagonist for my current WIP showed up unprompted as a red-haired woman drinking alone in a hotel room in Moscow. I needed to go find out why!

    • Julie Day says:

      Dale, my mum often asks me where I get my ideas from. Sometimes I don’t know either, but these ones just came to me after I had the idea of writing around proverbs.

    • I’m not sure — interesting that you’d get ideas from proverbs. I got the idea for “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless” after I got a “tasteless” rejection on the novella version of it. I could picture the characters in my head, the hero of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny’s” sister, and her hero, her brother’s best friend, whom she’s been in love with for years.

  2. Glynis Smy says:

    The stories sound lovely, Julie. It is wonderful how folk find their inspiration from life.

    I gain inspiration from many places. Ripper, My Love came from watching a programme about Victorian women and their struggles. Maggie’s Child, from watching a documentary about how Romanian mother’s were desperate, and giving up their children. The Man in Room Eighteen (wip), is from a conversation I overheard on a plane. The woman said, ‘ no, it was the man in room 18′.

    • Julie Day says:

      Thank you, Glynis. Strange what you overhear at times. Wouldn’t like to write a book based on things I have heard over the years, esp loud mobile phone chats by a young woman!

  3. Whenever I travel to nice resorts on my husband’s business trips, I hang around the grounds, study people, and make up stories about them using the hotel property as a setting. That’s how my Jillian Bradley Mysteries began, but after two books the stories emerged from her interactions with the characters I’d created so each book is a continuation. Some of my fans seem to think I can go on forever now!

  4. Believe it or not, a lot of my ideas come from dreams. Many of my other ideas come from seeing a funny situation or when I’m involved in one. It’s important to see the humor in life, and I like to capture funny situations in my books. Nothing beats making people laugh, especially since life can be a difficult ride sometimes. A little humor is a nice escape from our troubles.

    • Julie Day says:

      Some of my other ideas come from dreams, too. I know the very first ms I wrote (now in my bedroom wardrobe to revisit sometime) came from a persistent dream. I had it for three nights in a row, and to get it out of my head I wrote it down. Once I started writing that, more ideas came again and again, and I’ve written off and on ever since. That was in the late 90s.

      • It’s a fun way to get stories, isn’t it? It’s as if our subconscious is saying, “This is the story you want to write, and I’m not going to let up until you do it!”

        • Julie Day says:

          I think it is. We are in a quiet space so our minds turn to other things instead of day-to-day stuff, and they can be rather imaginative.

    • Christina says:

      I get stories from dreams too. I call them “story dreams”. I sometimes get the entire story, sometimes only pieces, but it’s a start.

  5. My ideas usually begin with a blurred image, and 99% of the time involve a body. Face down and bloodied, I have no idea who is dead, or why someone killed them. That’s why I write. I’m my first reader!

    • Julie Day says:

      The dream I had that first got me going had a young woman lost with no memory. A man took her under his wing. No idea where that one came from as at that time I hadn’t even been reading crime or romantic suspense.

  6. Julie Day says:

    I am signing off now. Thank you everyone for their comments. It was great to chat to you all. And many thanks, DD, for having me here for the first time. It was fun.

  7. Pat Gragg says:

    My ideas come from several places. I’ve lived in two areas where serial killers were on the loose: Wichita, KS and the Seattle area. In Wichita, people who had never locked their doors before were now suspicious of anyone they didn’t know. Then…they learn from the news that some serial killers were ordinary people you’d never suspect. These happenings were the seed for THE ROSE KILLER.
    Cheating husbands among my friends and acquaintances started UNRAVELLED. If you discover someone you trust is living a secret life and you discover part of it, could there be more? What else could this person have been doing all those years? (I happened to know more cheating husbands than cheating wives.)
    I’m working on a near-future science fiction novel that came from a long narrative dream.

  8. R.A. Lee says:

    From dreams. Those ones you remember as you’re waking up. The characters are so vivid and you feel very connected to their plight.