Here’s the first writer to respond about that moment when they have a novel idea and how it comes to them. I quite loved what Christian said:
“Every year I put on a Halloween reading and encourage my writer friends to write truly chilling tales.
“A couple of years ago, I wrote a story that was so disturbing one of the other writers said she couldn’t be part of the show unless I changed it. It was two nights before the performance so I went home, reached deep into my childhood fears, and found The Berenstain Bears.
“I LOVED those books when I was little (Spooky Old Tree and Bears in the Night, specifically) and so decided to write an anthropomorphized fox version.
“I performed the tales two nights later, and my friends said it was the best thing I’d ever written.
“So I said, ‘Hmm.’ And then, ‘Huh.’ And then ‘Wait a minute . . .’ And then I wrote Scary Stories for Young Foxes.
“Of course, I ended up wringing out nearly all of the anthropomorphism in a later draft, but yeah, that’s how it happened. Under severe pressure and because my mom was kind enough to read me everything under the sun when I was little.”
It was that “Wait a minute” moment where Christian saw he had something. There was the thinking. The playing. The writing. And then the aha moment.
Christian is teaching a morning workshop class at Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers.
Go here for more information: https://www.wifyr.com/morning-workshops/ (His class is filling quickly, so if you’ve been to WIFYR before, you might want to be with the fella who sold six books, one right after the other.)
Go here to learn more about Christian. http://www.cmheidicker.com
And here’s his blog: http://www.cmheidicker.com/blog/