Girls Write Out
Saturday, May 06, 2006

So I'm in that process I totally despise: coming up with a new idea for a book. My problem is that I have the attention span of a flea in the city pound, and I can't stick with an idea long enough to want to write it. I'm editing Calm, Cool & Adjusted right now, and here's what I do know:

I have to write something I care about.

I want to go back to a little more romance.
And if I had a dollar for everytime someone told me they were going to write a book, I wouldn't need to write one! My girlfriend and I are going to Seattle this month to play. If I can't find inspiration at the home of Nordstrom's (shoe capital!), Starbucks and underground shopping, I'm just not worth my salt. I need to find a character who inspires me as much as Seth Greenwood, based on a real "season" who still hasn't committed. Though he's getting closer. : ) Happy Saturday all! I am going kayaking today. WOOOHOOO!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 11:41 PM  
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At 8:22 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Nordstrom's shoe capital, Starbucks, Seattle with a friend? The only thing missing is DeBrand's chocolate! I have no doubt you'll get inspired! Can't wait to hear what you come up with!

Have fun kayaking!

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Hi Kristin!

I kayak often in a local harbor, but just came back from Catalina Island where I did some kayaking out in the big bad ocean. LOVED it!

Hope you had a great time--and wore your sunscreen! (And maybe came up with an idea or two as well.)

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I am still idea-less, but I have a good tan. LOL I'm Italian, we don't need no stinkin' sunscreen. : )

At 12:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nordstrom and Starbucks, I'm jealous :)

I definitely fell in love with Ashley and would love to read more about a character similar to her...

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

I cannot wait to hear what you come up with, Kristin! Whatever it is I know I (and your fans) will love it!

At 8:50 PM, Blogger CaliGirlDCE25 said...

is your other book that you're editing about Poppy in the spa girls series? I can't wait to get hte dish on her!...

i agree, another character like Ashley... or maybe, on her psycho sister in law... someone with quirks... like all of us who read your blog!! hahaha :-) love you ladies!

ps: about teh starbucks... yeah, i moved to Peoria about 9 months ago, and in the time frame that I've been here, 2 more starbucks have opened within a 5 miles radious of my home... yeah, not good for the diet, but does WONDERS for the soul! :-)

At 9:17 PM, Blogger tiff said...

I agree, I want to find out about Poppy... and I loved Ashley!

2 Starbucks in 9 months? Maybe I have hope. The closest Starbucks is 45 minutes away.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

So, you're taunting me with that picture of the Starbucks cup, are you not??? Yes, I'm editing Poppy, and she was my weirdest character yet, so a little harder for me to write. Because I wouldn't know the first thing about being weird.

Still no Starbucks close by, but the good news is that my phone should be in next month. WOOOHOOO A year without a phone people -- call the looney bin!

At 3:37 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Kayaking is fun as long as there's a strong male in the back providing muscle. I didn't know how hard it really was until I tried it with another female a few years ago on the Big Island. I loved it, especially as Kealakekua Bay has a pod of dolphins, but next time I'll make sure there's a good steersman.

And don't even get me started on the one time I tried paddling in an outrigger canoe. Lots of fun but when you're new and the other paddlers are experienced they can get a little...testy when you don't switch sides fast enough. :) Props to Kristin and Julie for kayaking.
You're a better woman than I.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Thanks for a great post, Kristin. On your next one, can you talk about how you come up with your story ideas, or, how you came up with your next one, since you will probably have it by then? (You said you're in the process now.)

God bless--

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Chaos-Jamie said...

It seems to me like you could journal your Seattle trip and have a story....just embellish! Didn't your kayak flip over and leave you stranded upside down or something?

At 1:58 AM, Blogger WriterDoodles said...

My comment on this is a little late, but my problem isn't coming up with the idea it's sticking to the one I actually have at the time! I have this silly little habit of starting another book in the middle of the one I'm writing because I've been hit with a lightning bolt of an idea and I just HAVE to write about it! Oh dear, I'll never finish a book and actually get published if I can't fix my attention span!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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