Guest Post: 8 Ways to Find Brilliant Story Ideas by Kellie M. Parker

Hello, readers of Caffeinated Fiction! I’m delighted to join you here today. One of the things people often ask me when they find out I’m a writer is, “How do you come up with your story ideas?”

Great question! I’ve put together a list of 8 different techniques I’ve used to find inspiration for my stories. Hopefully they’ll help you too!

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  1. Asking “What if?” questions

The world is full of interesting possibilities when you start asking questions, and you can use this tactic to look for ideas wherever and whenever you have time to think.

What if the magnetic poles suddenly reversed? What if everyone born in 1999 had superpowers? What if a future version of you shows up in a time machine in your living room?

There are so many things in life we take for granted, like gravity and running water and the weather. Turn some of those things upside-down and see what happens. Once you start asking questions, you never know where your imagination will take you! Continue reading

The Many Worlds of Sci-fi and Fantasy

My contribution to the AlmostAnAuthor website for March has been posted! The subject for this month: The Many Worlds of Sci-fi and Fantasy. Where do the characters of your story live? Check out the post to see!

Happy writing, friends!

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Recycle, Reuse, Rewrite

Hello CF friends! It’s that time again! My most recent post for the Fantasy/SciFi section over at AlmostAnAuthor has gone live. Fan of the TV series Firefly? You might be interested in what I have to say in my post Recycle, Reuse, Rewrite!

Check out the blog post here.

Happy writing, friends!

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Taking Critique Like a Jedi

Hey friends! A post I recently wrote has gone ‘live’ over at the AlmostAnAuthor website! Take a look and let me know your comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the discussion of Taking Critique Like a Jedi!!

Happy writing, friends!

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Where You Can Find Me, and Other News.

Hey guys! I’m still alive after NaNo! Isn’t that great news?! Yay! *Cartwheel and flip*

Actually, I really am alive and still kicking. Sorry to slack on my FF post this past Friday. I had the story and everything (Still do. Inside my head, of course.) but the weekend arrived early so alas, you will have to wait another few days to read my story.

BUT until then, you can find a couple things I’ve written for other websites! Head on over to AlmostAnAuthor for my Fantasy/Sci-Fi article on magical objects (here), and swing by the ACFW PA blog to read my thoughts on my purpose in writing (here).

Okay, now on to other news! *Jig and a hop* Sooo, I can’t give specifics just yet–because, honestly, I don’t have any!!–BUT I can tell you that there might be something exciting on the horizon! There is some interest in my writing from an outside party, and while that gives you absolutely zero to go on, just know that it means I could have some of my writing available soon! Yippee! We shall see if all the pieces fall into place. Until that time, would you please pray with me? It’s always been my heart to write quality literature for young people and I’d love to see it available in print someday!

I promise to update whatever I can, when I can, but again, I don’t even know for sure what this all means, so I’m just taking things one day at a time. Catch me Friday for the latest FF, and maybe I’ll find something else fun to write about before then! *Wink, wink*

Happy reading, friends!

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The Drama of Writing YA: My Guest Post with Kelly F. Barr

Hey guys!! I’m super excited to have the opportunity to Guest Post on another blog today! Please check it out and show my good friend, Kelly, some love for hosting Caffeinated Fiction! Check out her Flash Fiction and other posts while you’re there. She’s a great writer!

You can find the blog post here. And feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts on ‘The Drama of Writing YA’! 

Happy writing, friends!

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Guest Blog Post: Why do we love stories so much? by Kelly F. Barr

What is it About Stories that Make us Love them so much?

Stories are powerful, but what makes them so powerful?

Stories have connected histories and cultures from the beginning of time (cave drawings, folklore, oral histories passed down from generation to generation, myths and legends). Great stories can last forever. Stories can change lives.

A compelling story can evolve into a narrative that inspires others to take action or make a change.

We learn from stories. We internalize and remember stories much better than we do facts because stories are emotional and we can relate and react to stories. (I’m sure this is why my favorite stories make me laugh and cry. They evoke great emotion within me for the characters and what they are going through.) Stories spark interest.

Stories are a powerful way to engage an audience and when readers read a story, it can change their perspectives. People read stories to deal with complexities.

A great story is irresistible, believable and unforgettable. Stories have a beginning, middle and end. They contain drama/conflict that entertains us. There will be a turning point for a character in the story. The conflict will eventually be resolved, which will be the payoff to the story.

Stories give our lives meaning yet are mysterious. A story is about people and places. Continue reading

Guest Blog Post: The Beauty of Distracted Writing

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Hey guys! Just in case you missed it, I had the opportunity to Guest Blog for the ACFW PA Chapter blog earlier this week! You can catch the post here. If you like it, be sure to let Donna know by clicking the ‘like’ button. I know she’d appreciate knowing you stopped by!

Happy reading and writing, friends!