Today I welcome the kindest, giving, fantastic writing teacher, and author friend: Michelle Lim.
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I met Michelle through My Book Therapy. She is a regular instructor for the Monday night chats. I couldn't wait to meet this wonderful lady in person at the conference. She manned the My Book Therapy booth, reaching out to writers to encourage them. At the MBT Western Theme Pizza party she wore her duds and had fun, even took a pic with me. She is a cheerleader, a supporter, an encourager, and someone who knows how to make you smile.
I asked Michelle to share her writing journey. Here is her answer:
If you’ve ever lived in a small town, you might understand how I began to love stories. Small town folk have to have an active imagination if they are going to stay busy.
As a pastor’s daughter, I spent a lot of my years in small towns. I saw the stories of families told at local cafes and the exaggerated tales of giant fish, 12 point bucks, and big foot.
People can light up the room when they tell a story. Everyone is drawn closer to hear the tale and enjoy knowing the adventures of each others lives. I lived those adventures in my imagination taking me places a young girl could never go.
Words poured out onto my journal pages full of thoughts and funny things that happened to me.
There was the time we got snowed into a hotel on the way to our cousins for Christmas and used my Dad’s fingernail clipper to take off the legs of our jeans so we could swim.
Contests for who could jump into the boundary water lake where we vacationed the earliest in May fill my thoughts of June bugs, Cray fish, and boat cushions.
Going fishing with my dad early in the morning on a glass top lake only to be startled by the angry otter that belly-flopped next to our boat. These images and sensations are as real in my mind as it was when I was there.
The environment around me sparked ideas that turned into a complete story. We all have the ability to find stories in our world around us.
Whether you are inspired by people, settings, or an amazing plot there is a way for you to find story ideas and to continue to build the conflict in your novel. That is really what my new book is about.
Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel, gives you tricks and strategies to up the conflict in your stories with new ideas and specific methods. It is designed to be a resource you pull out time and again to find a strategy to apply to your manuscript.
My ideas come from the things around me, the people, and amazing real life stories.
What is your favorite childhood story?
Michelle Lim is the author of the new book Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel. Also a romantic suspense author whose manuscripts have earned recognition in The Rattler Contest 2012, the Genesis Contest 2011, and the Frasier Contest in 2010. Michelle is the Brainstorm/Huddle Coach at My Book Therapy and serves as Vice President of MN N.I.C.E., a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Thank you Michelle for joining us today. What a treat to have you with us.