Story Ideas Can Come from Painful Experiences

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog

Beware Books that BITE!

As a writer, I realize that sometimes story ideas come from real life experiences. Too bad these experiences can be painful. I am not talking about writer’s block or looming deadlines. Nope. Well, sometimes those can be a pain, but many things can bring about a comedy-ridden interlude. You might not recognize it as that until much later.

Case in point…my son, my cover model 

This way to Hogwarts!

(He graces the covers of my books Spark, Smoke, and Smolder) grew up reading the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I admit, after he finished each book, I read them AND I saw most of the movies. 

So, for an early summer vacation, my son and I traveled to Orlando, Florida to visit Diagon Alley, Hogmeads, and Hogwarts Castle, now residing at Universal Studios’ two theme parks. Walking amid these brilliantly portrayed exhibits that started as ideas in the mind of a writer, was a wonderful break from my own writing. Will the trip and all I experienced ever turn into a book by me? Who knows?

Dragons rule!

Since the pain in my hips and legs from the roller coasters and long days of walking have healed, the pain was worth it! I took tons of photos. The flavors (Butter Beer and cottage pie) gave me several ideas for historical novels. Even the dragon at the top of Gringott’s Bank might encourage me to continue writing my own dragon-based novels, such as my latest novella, Shimmer: The Beginning. Enjoy the photos!


More About the Author

Nancy Lee Badger loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Association of Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy and her family volunteer each fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games surrounded by…kilts!

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