Category Archives: Inspirations

Focus on Characters: Sam of The Steamship Chronicles

Samantha Crill, or Sam as she prefers, first came to me many years ago, but I balked at the story. I couldn’t see how to be faithful to her nature while offering a character who connected with readers. You see, … Continue reading

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Focus on Characters: Beneath the Mask

Some authors come to their stories through genre, plot, place, or idea. I’ve almost always been driven there by a character who wanted to tell me something. I write Regency romance not because I planned to but because Daphne (depicted … Continue reading

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Where Do Stories Come From? Guest Post by Paul Toolan

I’ve spoken about creativity and inspiration a time or two on Tales to Tide You Over, and Paul Toolan offers a narrative description of his process that I found quite compelling. I hope you do as well. Note: He uses … Continue reading

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A Glimpse into a Writer’s Mind When World Building Plus a Multi-Author Giveaway

The first novel I wrote started as an anthropology assignment to create a society where gender is defined differently. My mind took that prompt and a mostly forgotten nature show on bizarre insects to create a people who were born … Continue reading

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Creativity Challenge: The Starting Point, Part 2

If you missed the beginning of this creativity challenge, take a moment right now to pop over there and do the first part. It’s a simple guess, and the answer is coming next, so you might as well try your … Continue reading

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