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Sometimes It Gets Edited Out

Last week I posted about That Question. It’s one of the questions authors seem to get a lot. It goes something like this:

“Where do you find your inspiration?”

As many of you probably know, I’m working on a new adventure book to publish this August/September time frame. It originally started as a shorter adventure here on the blog.

The inspiration for it?

I saw a box of sand. It looked like an ant farm where the box was clear glass on either side and you could see through it to all the color variations inside. When flipped over, the sand would fall like wisps of rain, sandy clouds at the top and sandy dunes at the bottom, until all of the grains had fallen to settle.

It made me think of a world where sand falls like rain. That’s how the adventure started.

In the many permutations of the story since, this aspect of it has gotten edited out. I may in the future revisit this idea, but for now, it’s been put back into the “possibilities” list.

This often happens with inspiration. What originally sparked a story may not survive to the finished piece. I’m coming to learn, that’s okay.



9 thoughts on “Sometimes It Gets Edited Out”

  1. Sand rain sounds awesome! I hope it makes an appearance someday. I’m looking forward to your release date! It’ll be just in time for my kids to start doing reading logs for the school year, which is always a pain because too many books seems to mean not enough books, but they have endless weeks of fun with your adventure books.

  2. I had one of those moving sand art pieces years ago! It kept me hypnotized for hours. 😂 I hope you decide to revisit that idea someday; I’d love to see what you do with it! 🙂

    1. They’re fascinating to watch!

      I’m sure the idea will resurface someday in my writing 🙂

      By the way, thank you for highlighting Discarded Dragons in your newsletter last month! Also, I’m super excited to read your Beauty and the Beast dragon story. It’s a fantastic idea 🙂

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