Getting my writing mojo back

For the past several months I just haven’t had the energy (or drive) to really do anything, let alone write. I’ve had quite a rough start to 2017, including having to put to sleep my cat of 13 years. It has been a chore to really accomplish anything lately.

After doing a ton of research over Christmas break I really haven’t touched my book at all this year.  That goes double for blogging. So, how do I get my writing mojo back?

Well, late last year I decided I was going to focus 100% of my time on my time-travel book and publish it at the end of the year. But after giving it a lot of thought I decided that it would be better for me to really make the push to get my mystery novel, A Deadly Melody, done. My time travel book spans 300+ years and really requires a lot of research. My mystery is pretty cut and dry.

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Finding Inspiration

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This morning, as I was driving to work, I came up with a brand new character and series. Completely out of the blue, or so I thought. It really came from the songs and artists on my ’80s playlist.

It always amazes me when I come up with a new idea. Where exactly did that story idea come from? Most of the time it comes from something I hear, see, or read. Take yesterday, for example. I came across a story about people being poisoned by crocodile bile. Did you read this totally bizarre story? The first thing I thought of was who could I kill in my series with crocodile bile. Yep! That is how my mind works.

I just recently started a folder with stories that I find on the web, in magazines, or newspapers. I used to keep them all as bookmarks on my computer, but sometimes the websites are removed and the stories disappear. So, I now print out anything that I could someday use in one of my stories, including yesterday’s story!

I also tend to find a lot of my inspiration from song lyrics or the artists themselves. The main character in the new series I came up with this morning is named after an ’80s singer. And even though she is a teen now, she is drawn to the ’80s. She feels like she is growing up in the wrong decade. It will be interesting to see where this book/series goes.

Where do you find your story ideas and inspiration for your novels?

Inspiration for my novel, A Deadly Melody

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Music awakens so much imagination in me. I can hear a song on the radio or shuffled on my iPod and get transformed, even if for only a few minutes, to a completely different place and time. I love that about music! I think that is why music is so prevalent in all of my books, especially in my new mystery/suspense series.

A little about A Deadly Melody, book 1 in my four book series:

A Deadly Melody tells the story of Elle, the lead singer of the mega-successful rock band, ellemore. She, along with her four best friends, formed ellemore in high school and have been rocking together ever since. On the evening of the recording of their new album the band is ambushed and murdered, leaving Elle as the only survivor. Since the murders, Elle has dealt with the grief of losing her friends, her career, and her sanity. She continues to have flashbacks of that night and the murders, including a shadowy figure hidden in the woods that she believes to be the real killer.

Now three years later, Elle must return to the town of the murders to find out what really happened that night. Will she seek the truth about her friends’ murders, or will the shadowy figure claim her life too?

I’m contemplating naming the series, the Fallen Rock Star Series, since Elle is often reminded just how far her star has fallen in the three years since the murders.

Concrete Blonde, one of my FAVORITE bands, has the perfect song about a fallen celebrity. “Jenny I Read” is a pretty dark song, which is one of the reasons why I love it so much. It actually might be my favorite of all of their songs, definitely my favorite off of their Mexican Moon album. And this live version is amazing! It really tells the story of Elle.

Writing Prompt – What is in your character’s bag?

Over on the NaNoWriMo website, someone posted this question in our Regional Forum:

What is in your character’s bag/pocket?

We were told not to go into to detail as to why they have these items in their possession (to add an air of mystery), just to list them. I’ve decided to do my main character (MC), Elle.

Here it goes!

What's in Your Bag, Elle?

What’s in Your Bag, Elle? by elissakwrites featuring a tiffany & co pen

black leather Halston Hobo bag; black and white polka dotted mini wallet containing ID, black card, health insurance card, loose receipts, and $500 in cash (no spare change); phone; sunglasses; reading glasses; red lipstick; chapstick; eyeliner; mascara; compact with mirror; 2 packs of gum; keys with hot pink pepper spray keychain; half eaten chocolate bar; 2 empty bottles of water; iPod; headphones; mints; notebook; Tiffany pen; pen; hair clip; and brush.

The only thing that didn’t make it into the picture is the pepper spray. Here is one that is similar to the keychain that Elle carries. You can find it on safety

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Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about Elle!