My Blogging Inspiration is—Look a Squirrel!

If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you might’ve noticed that I tend to digress from the suggested topic of the Marketing for Romance Writer’s (#MFRW) 52-week Blog Challenge. Honestly, it’s not my intent to go off on these wild tangents of babble. But I’m a writer, so hence that’s what I do. Having a limited attention span and being easily distracted doesn’t help. So asking me to identify my blogging inspiration, well, I get my inspiration from kind of­—everywhere. You really don’t want to go for a ride on that crazy train. Because we might get on that train of thought and end the trip in a canoe—just sayin’.

Therefore, I think I’ll talk a little about how I started blogging all those years ago.

What’s A Blog?

When my first story was published with The Wild Rose Press back in 2009, it was suggested that all authors should start a blog. What, the what? I didn’t even know what a blog was, let alone what to write. Exposing personal stories online made me uncomfortable and I thought anything I had to say would be extremely boring reading material. After much thought and deliberation, I had an inspiration about what to write about on my blog.

At that time, my twins were around seven or eight years old. With two crack-of-dawn-endless-energy-get-into-absolutely-everything kids since the moment they entered the world, I hadn’t had time for much of anything else in the years prior. The guilt over the mostly empty baby books, and the memories slipping away gave me an idea. Perhaps the stories about the girl’s antics that I usually shared in an email with my family might make for good blog material.

twins storiesSo for a while, I wrote humorous stories like this about my twins—and saved them to replace the empty pages in the baby books. I had a lot of fun writing these stories. Although these posts had very little to do with marketing my book or building an audience for my fiction, which is what I believe my publisher had in mind.

 

Flash Fiction—Hey Scruff! Put That Away!

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Scruff misunderstanding the definition of ‘flash’ fiction.

Another avenue I followed to hone my writing, which inadvertently improved my blog posts, was flash fiction. It’s not what Scruff thinks. It’s about writing a very short, short story with character and plot development in a flash.

The challenge was, and still is, to tighten the story. You’d be amazed at how much time it can take to write a very short piece and get a story in. To a long-winded writer like me, writing a flash fiction piece is more difficult than writing a novel. Because you need to share a complete story in a very limited amount of words. Here’s one I wrote a few years ago.

Flash Fiction helped me discover a #writing prompt was all I needed to start writing anything. #MFRW Click To Tweet

Practice Makes Perfect

Thus, it doesn’t take much more than a prompt to inspire me to start babbling. Therefore, starting this 52-week blog challenge was perfect. Most of the prompts haven’t required much thought from me more than putting my fingers to the keyboard.

Unfortunately for you, dear reader, sometimes the aforementioned fingers tend to go astray from the topic at hand when theyhey, look, a squirrel!

Evil Speaks SoftlyThis week I published my fifth story, Evil Speaks Softly, with The Wild Rose Press! Check out this post where I’m sharing a ton of places to enter for prizes besides my rafflecopter below!

Everyone has a story to tell. Even the dead.

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19 thoughts on “My Blogging Inspiration is—Look a Squirrel!”

  1. peggy jaegerpeggy jaeger

    COngrats on the new release!! YOu have to come visit me on my blog! heehee

  2. Meka JamesMeka James

    Congrats on the release!!!

    Flash fiction isn’t something I’ve tried. I have 2 short stories up on my blog that I’ve attempted. One from a writing prompt and the other a Valentine special, because I’m a romance writer and that’s “our” holiday, right? I did another for a guest post on a friend’s blog for Women In Horror Month. A little out of my element, but a fun experiment all the same. Hopefully I’ll manage to do more because they were fun to write. And as you said, getting a whole story in a shorter space times time and skill.

    Enjoyed the post.

  3. Alina K. FieldAlina K. Field

    I find writing short to be VERY hard! Congrats on producing flash fiction!

  4. Sherry LewisSherry Lewis

    Just the thought of writing very short makes me break out in hives! There’s some part of me that wants to try it, but the rest of me shouts “No!!!” Maybe one of these days…

  5. Helen HendersonHelen Henderson

    Congrats on the new release. And I love the squirrel. We call it “shiny object.” Oh look, there’s a shiny object. fun post.

  6. Kenzie MichaelsKenzie Michaels

    Congrats on #5!!!! Happy Release Day!!!

    I also love to blog about the silly things my kids do:)

  7. Robin MichaelaRobin Michaela

    Congrats on your new release! (And, I loved Grams and LuAnn’s flash fiction story – nice job!)

  8. Ellie MackEllie Mack

    Congrats on the new release!
    Flash fiction. . . I just so happen to be hosting a flash-fiction-athon on my blog in December -January. Interested? Each author gets a simple prompt, whether it’s a photo, scene starter, or a simple prompt from my list and has to be within 1000 words – I have trouble with 500, but I can do the 1000. Love to have you on my blog!

  9. CathyCathy

    Congratulations on the release. I love your kind of crazy train. I wanna ride!

  10. Raine BalkeraRaine Balkera

    Flash fiction is so hard for me! I’ve tried but… Congrats on your latest release! And, thanks for sharing, Maureen.

  11. Mary J. McCoy-DresselMary J. McCoy-Dressel

    Congratulations on your new release! Writing about your twin’s antics sounds like it was fun. Some bloggers turn their blog posts into books. 😉 I enjoyed your post.

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