Top 10 Inspirations for Writing a New Book
1. Unusual murders. For my mystery novels, I always start with an unusual murder – no guns, knives, etc. As long as I can come up with a grounded way to explain it, I set my imagination free to explore unique ways to kill people. (I’m not a killer. I just get paid to think like one.)
2. Visualization. I was at the gym one day when I had a vision of an ice-skater spiraling on a lake that erupts in flames. I could clearly see it as if I were watching a scene from a movie, and I kept rewinding it until it sparked a story idea.
3. Science. I did a great deal of scientific research to explain the opening murder, and it opened up other doors for the story to explore.
4. Music playlist. Whenever I start a new book, I make a new playlist (up to 300 songs) to match the tone I’m seeking for the story, and I play it while I write.
5. Puzzles. I love logic puzzles, word games and crosswords because they help get your mind working in non-linear ways – an attribute that’s particularly helpful for plotting mystery novels.
6. Reading. Authors sometimes shun other books because it takes time away from writing, but reading new books in your genre offers a nice breather and helps you understand what’s working in your market.
7.Working out. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a machine at the gym when I’ve had an idea to propel forward or enhance a story I’m writing. Physical activities that don’t require a lot of concentration seem to free the subconscious to work out (intentional pun) creative issues.
8. Meditation. I started meditating during my first trip to Sedona in 1999, and that experience inspired my first published novel. Meditation lets my mind drift away for just a few minutes, and it comes back refreshed, ready to tackle another chapter.
9. Travel. Just like mixing up your workout routine to encourage better results, you have to mix up your daily routine to encourage creativity. Almost nothing messes with your daily routine more than a trip to somewhere you’ve never been before.
10. Date night. Authors often unintentionally ignore significant others while working on their books. Setting aside an evening for a date can go a long way toward letting them know how much you love them and appreciate their support.
Murder on the Lake of Fire
Mikel J. Wilson
(Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.
Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town’s legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee.
Murder on the Lake of Fire, the first novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, will be available December 1, 2017.
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