Inspiration is a funny thing. You never really know when or where it’s going to strike. The opening scene of Old Flame came to me when I was writing a freelance magazine article. Immediately, I opened a new document and let my fingers fly across the keyboard. I had no idea what I was writing, I just let the words flow. Then I sat there with this intense paragraph staring back at me. What was it? Who was this woman standing outside of a man’s house, hiding in the bushes? I had no idea, but I had a deadline on my article. So, I hit save and tucked it away in a folder full of random bits and pieces. That’s really what the folder is called: Bits and Pieces.
Fast forward six months, and I decide to open the file and see what that crazy flash of inspiration was all about. By the time I finished reading that one lonely paragraph, I knew exactly what the story would be. I composed a loose outline and immediately began writing what has become my favorite book I’ve written so far!
See, here’s the thing about inspiration. Any seasoned writer will tell you, if you wait until inspiration strikes to write, you may never get a single word down on paper. Good books take a lot of thought, planning, and several rounds of rewrites. But when those flashes of brilliance come, let them take the reins for a bit, because you never know where they will lead. If I had ignored that nagging image of slick black pavement and fiery orange street lamps, I wouldn’t have been able to bring Hannah, James, Marc, and the Hearts Aflame Files to life.
Hannah Sullivan has spent the past three months stalking her ex-boyfriend, lurking in the bushes and hiding behind fake social media personas, convinced she can eventually rekindle the love they once shared. But when she meets Marc, who is everything James never wanted to be and more, she begins to wonder if she’s got it all wrong. Hannah must come to terms with her own demons before she can decipher between her delusional mission and the man of her dreams.
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Bio: Annabelle is a best-selling Romance and New Adult author, that is, when she’s not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.
Her degree in Sociology has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle’s unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.
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1 thought on “On Writing Inspiration – Guest Post by Annabelle Blume, Author of Old Flame”
I’ve got a couple of paragraphs like that, Annabelle, just waiting for me. Each one led to a plot for characters that are part of one of my series and will be there when each book is ready to be written. I always write down ‘bits and pieces’, too. Never know when they’ll be just what I need….