Monday, October 25, 2010


By Maria Ferrer

I won a free vacation in Bermuda, which is where I was this weekend instead of at the NJRW conference. I didn’t meet with any editors or agents and I didn’t pitch my books, but as I laid on the beach, under the warm sun, the gentle breeze playing with my hair, I did think about possible plots for my November NaNoWriMo project. Truly!

The plots considered and discarded included, a murder mystery where the program director is found dead and the meeting planner-turn-sleuth discovers the killer; a sci-fi drama where the planet’s male population is dying of a mysterious ailment at the age of 25 and the red-haired princess must discover the cure before her beloved brother dies; or a tale noir where a repressed woman explores her sexual appetites. Good choices all, but too cliché and easily discarded.

This author is still in search of a plot and characters.

For people who like outlines and structure (ME! ME!), not having a plot, let alone characters, can cause severe head-throbbing trauma. For others, “no plot, no worry” is a sweet siren’s song and welcome challenge.

I am forcing myself to remain calm and sane, even as NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month aka November—is pulling up to the curb and I haven’t even finished dressing. Gulp!

But I am not going to panic.

I am going to relax. I am going to pretend I am back on that Bermudian beach, my toes digging into the pink sand, with the hot sun toasting me to a nice pink, with the cool breeze combing its fingers through my hair. I am going to close my eyes and envision plots and characters—maybe a murder, maybe a mystery, maybe a medieval. Hmm. Maybe a Laird, maybe a pirate, maybe a police detective. Hmm. Maybe a jilted bride, maybe a princess, maybe a thief. Hmm.

The possibilities are endless as I wait for inspiration to settle on the beach chair next to me.

Where do you find your inspiration?♥

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The challenge begins November 1. Good luck.

Maria Ferrer enjoys participating in the NaNoWriMo. She considers it a great way to get butt to chair and pen to paper. Maria has won two NaNoWriMo’s. She’s hoping for a third win. Keep your fingers crossed.


  1. Those plots sound great to me. I plot too. Each chapter is planned before I start writing. Bermuda also sounds wonderful!

  2. Wow great for you! What a way to find inspiration. I go for despiration.

  3. Great post, Maria, but I am so jealous! Lying on a beach in Bermuda -- lucky you! It sounds like you are brimming with ideas and should have no problem selecting one for NaNoWriMo. Remember, even if it seems like a "cliche" you can give it a new twist. There really aren't any "new" plot ideas -- everything has been done, one way or another. It's HOW YOU do it.
    I have no idea where my inspiration comes from. It just hits me at the most unexpected moments -- probably when my brain is relaxed, such as when taking a hot shower or a long walk in the park.

  4. Thank you, Ladies, for responding to my post. I loved Bermuda and I love plotting so NaNoWriMo should be a cinch. Now if only the words flowed as easily as the waves on the sea. Happy Writing!