I love how life has a habit of happening around me whether I notice it or not. A lot of times, I have my head in a fantasy world of my own creation because I’m a writer. Notice how I phrased that. I write, but I’m not published, yet. I say all this to preface the importance of the real world and how it affects or becomes incorporated into stories. Normal occurrences around me, I ask ‘what if.’
For example: I’m typing on my laptop in the living room while the husband is at work and the kids are in school. Other than the dog, I’m home alone. The dog was lying on the couch but suddenly jumped up and ran to the beginning of the stairs to growl. So what went through my mind? I thought the ghost of my husband’s mother had come to haunt us and only the dog could sense her presence. I did what all good writers would do; I started a new book, only this one would be scary.
Then there was the night my daughter and I drove to my parent’s home in the woods. We stopped in the road when a huge wolf-like dog stood in the way and stared at us. So what went through my mind? I thought about a story of werewolves and big hunky alpha males. Paranormal romance.
So what about you? Do you see a story in strange life events around you? If so, give us an example.
Philisha Byrd Stephens