Ingredients for Inspiration – The Series

ImageHello readers,

Happy New Year!

After publishing my last book, Part Three of the “Desert Town Angels” trilogy, I thought I had gone one too many times to the creative well and it was dry, and that it would take time for it to fill up again.

In the next week, I will be coming out with a Valentine’s novella, but more on that later.

Where do you get your ideas? I hear this all the time from people who do not write and it’s hard for me to explain that I am just an observer and if I don’t get the story on paper, it just lingers in my mind.

I wanted to start a series on Inspiration in the Writing Process.

Writing is the last part of writing. Years ago I picked up an article about Zzyzx south of Vegas. For years I passed that exit and wondered where the name came from. Then one day, I took the turnoff and I thought about exploring the place in the article, but I had a rental and wasn’t allowed on unpaved roads.

As a voracious reader, I came across a story about the tamarisk plant and how it’s a non-native plant that sucks the desert dry and it’s almost impossible to eradicate.

I’m the kind of person who loves going to open houses and keeping up with the real estate market (I would love to own a piece of real estate one day, with no mortgage, paid off, that’s the dream) so I was transfixed when I came across articles about entire towns for sale.

Can you imagine owning a town?

Can you imagine inheriting a town?

The next best thing to realizing a dream is imagining that dream. I can imagine what it would be like to inherit a town.

Then, I let those articles sit in my subconscious until I woke from a dream where a woman inherits a desert town and must eradicate the heir for the citizens to live in peace.

Then I took a trip from Vegas to Reno and visited the old mining and desert towns on the way.

“Desert Town Angels” was a project that started like most writing projects:

The Three ingredients


1. Reading lots of newspaper and online articles

2. Enjoying a hobby (mine is real estate and open houses) (I also love to bake when I am writing to alleviate the pressure of forcing a plot line that doesn’t make sense for the characters.)

3. Taking trips to new areas on the map

Let these experiences simmer in the subconscious (could be years) then one day you’ll wake up with characters who decide to let you into their lives so that you may chronicle their adventures.

In the next part of this series, I will share with you some of my inspiration for “Desert Town Angels” as well as my other novels.

Ideas are all around, we just have to be receptive to them.

Writing only happens when all these ideas come together and you can actually see the novel or story like a movie in your head.

Writing is the easy part, it’s everything before and after that are the most important part of bringing a novel or story to life.

R. A. Lee


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