The Birth of a Story

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A writer can pull a story idea from any number of sources: a personal experience, a news article, a favorite song, or even another existing story (usually spun into “fan fiction”). Or, in some cases, a story premise or even just a single scene may come to fruition without warning, popping into the head of a writer at random, prompting him or her to rush to a computer to bang those initial thoughts out on the keyboard before they become lost forever.

That’s what happened to me. Having nearly completed my first novel, Empty Me Out, it’s hard to believe that it all started with one random idea – a single climactic, dramatic scene. I didn’t think anything of the idea at first, even hesitated to write it down. But, after swimming around in my head for nearly 24 hours, I knew I just had to lay it out and see if maybe I had something there to build on.

And build on it I did. I constructed the entire story around that one initial scene, which ironically, was the story’s ending. Eight months and 25 chapters later, I find myself sitting on a near complete story and an enormous sense of accomplishment. The experience has been incredibly rewarding, reconnecting me with my passion for writing and a lifelong dream of becoming a legitimate novelist. I’m about to start work on my second novel, which I plan to publish upon it’s completion. It is an exciting time in my life to say the least.

And it all started with a single idea. Who would’ve thunk it? Certainly not me.

What about you? How have your stories come to life? And did writing your ideas down teach you anything about yourself? I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!

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S A Healey, a happily married mother of two, is and will forever remain, a sucker for romance. You can currently read her first novel, Empty Me Out, for free on Wattpad.


11 thoughts on “The Birth of a Story

  1. Empty Me Out pushes me to do my best on Illusive Dreams.
    Every time you post a new chapter, it works like a reminder that I need to work on my own book.
    For that, I thank you for sharing Empty Me Out on Wattpad.
    I still can’t believe how far you’ve gone in the story and that it’s going to end soon.
    I’m sure that some of us will cry after reading the last chapter because it is just that good.
    Your success spurs me and make me believe that I can also do it even though I doubt myself all the time.
    I’m so glad you made this blog and hope to see more posts from you in the future!
    -Ain Adena/AoiSoraHime-

  2. Well written, Sue. 🙂 Isn’t it amazing how story ideas come about? Reading this reminds me of the many ideas I’ve had when writing and how they’ve come about. One time I was driving home from visiting my family and we were stuck behind a car who had a cow in a trailer. Suddenly the cow decided to wee and it splashed all over my car, it was seriously disgusting, but I had a story idea from it and it’s currently a work in progress. Insane!! Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your blogs. I need to write another soon, I’ve been a little slack!

  3. Keep up the good work! I’m happy to be part of those who have been with you since the beginning. I love your work and look forward to read your novel, swear it’ll be my very first one in a while!

  4. That initial thought. That glimpse. That picture in our mind that haunts us until we’re able to flush it out fully.
    Creation. Art.
    You do it so well.

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