Friday, July 12, 2013
Facebook, France and Fortuitous Conversatons
July is the month of "F" here at Roses of Prose. After all, July is synonymous with fireworks, flowers and freakish storms ravaging the countryside. I've been reading everyone's posting with growing apprehension. I mean, how would I carry on the theme in an interesting way? One has to keep up appearances, right? Or at least, amble ahead with this month's awesome alliteration. Are you ready to Forge ahead with me? Sorry, I couldn't resist.
Facebook is a place we writers go to promote our books and build our following. But it can also be a place to garner story ideas. Do you ever take note of some of the things people say in their posts? There's such rich fodder there. Take my husband's nephew for example. Pete posted that his two German Shepherds were sprayed by skunks and in doing online research to see what worked to remove the stench, he found results where Massengill douche was recommended. Well, I laughed out loud. Then a scene flashed through my demented mind. A man rushes into a drug store and asks where the douches are shelved. He rambles about his girls smelling horrible. The cashier thinks he's talking about the women he's dating and gets angry. But of course he's talking about his dogs. A humorous dialogue ensues. Thank you, Facebook.
As writers, we are always waiting for story ideas to come to us or in pursuit of them.
While having lunch with my agent, I was rattling on about my story ideas I wanted to research while in Paris. She jotted down some notes. A week later, she was on the phone with an editor asking her what types of stories she was looking for, romances in particular. The editor gave her a run-down. One item on her list was historical romance set around the turn of the century in unusual locations. Dawn remembered our conversation--our fortuitous conversation--and told the editor about my idea. She said she'd be interested in looking at it once I had it written. No promises, of course, but at least she was intrigued by the idea. And that slight possibility excites me.
Vonnie Davis writes most sub-genres of romance. Her website is www.vonniedavis.com
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