Why do I get nervous when starting to write a new story?

I’ve done it before – written a book that is. Started with the cursor blinking on a blank page and have somehow ended up with three, nine, twelve thousand words. After a year of brainstorming and living with the characters I’ve birthed, I’ve been blessed with the amazing opportunity to publish my work. To read the positive reviews of readers for A Matter of Courage is truly humbling.

Now that A Matter of Hope is in my copy editor’s capable hands, I am ready to start book four, A Matter of Integrity.

Samantha DanielsI have 12,000 words or the first three chapters. You see, last January as I was working on Hope, several scenes came to me. Like someone downloading data into my brain, the opening scene for Jared and Samantha flooded my mind. That’s what it’s like sometimes – scenes play in my head, and I have no choice but to hit the keyboard and get them saved.

Since I am starting the process again, I thought I’d share this journey with you.
I am often asked, how do I create the stories I write. Where do the ideas come from?

This journey of writing and becoming a published author has been a long and winding road. It goes back to first learning how to read. I loved books and used to line my dolls and stuffed animals on the bed and read to them.

In middle school, my favorite class was English. In high school, a teacher expressed enthusiasm for my stories and writing ability. By the mid-90’s (I’m dating myself now), I started to write seriously and joined RWA. The late 90’s I walked away from my dream.

Fast forward to 2008, my husband encouraged me to write. It wasn’t until 2010 that I finished A Matter of Faith, which is now book three in the Sapphire series and will be released sometime in 2017.

As I embark upon a new journey of getting know characters, places, situations and weave together a new plot, I thought now would be a good time to document the journey. Who knows, maybe I’ll learn something new about myself as a writer.

If you have questions for me, feel free to leave a comment. I’m happy to share this journey with you.

Starting A New Journey
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