Taking Chances – from SPARK to FICTION

Where do I get my story ideas? Most writers have probably heard that question numerous times, and sometimes it’s difficult to answer. Some of my ideas seem to come out of nowhere, fully-formed, and other times the birth of a story is made up of several factors that are only clear in retrospect.

The creative spark that eventually became Taking Chances was born during an afternoon walk with my friend Jan, while describing a novel I’d been reading. Although the book was well-written, I was on a rant because I would not believe in the romantic premise …

Click on the video to listen to how Taking Chances was born…

I had fun remembering this one, and if you enjoyed it too and found it interesting, I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my YouTube channel and share the video with others. A “like” would come in handy as well.

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Where do you get your ideas?

Vanessa

Wild Passage – from SPARK to FICTION

People often ask where I get my ideas for my novels. It’s a difficult question to answer, because every story is different.

My novel Wild Passage, for example, had its origins in the most terrifying night of my life. My husband Brian were 70 miles west of the Oregon coast on our sailboat, Julie Marie II, on a voyage from Canada’s Juan de Fuca straight to San Francisco.

Let me tell you the story…

I had fun remembering this one, and if you enjoyed it too and found it interesting, I have a couple of favours to ask you.

I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my YouTube channel and share the video with others. A “like” would come in handy as well.

If you’d like to learn about special offers and upcoming releases of my videos, books, and creativity courses, subscribe to my mailing list on this page.

And have a great day!

Vanessa

Creating Brilliant Beginnings in Storytelling

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my newly expanded – and retitled – course, Creating Brilliant Beginnings in Storytelling.

I invite you to join me on a journey of discovery, exploring the art and craft of brilliant beginnings in storytelling. Storytellers write these opening words to draw readers across the threshold into the imaginary world of story.

For more information, and to register, visit the course using one of the links below:

Have a great day!

Vanessa Grant
Storyteller Academy

Working to get the Storyteller Academy site back up…

I’m a fanatic about doing backups, so when I realized I’d broken this Website while tweaking the settings and couldn’t fix it, I thought I was covered.

I headed over to the BackupBuddy people to download my latest backup and restore it. And that’s when I got the bad news.

There were no backups available!

It seems I’d set up every site I have with daily backups, and I’d certainly installed Backup Buddy on my WordPress site – but I hadn’t set up any backup schedule.

Operator error! I’ve got nobody to blame but myself…

I fought with trying to import my old WordPress database into the new one for a few hours Tuesday, searching for tech articles on my situation, and kept running into hurdles. Yesterday I was fighting off a monster cold that’s been knocking everyone around me off their feet, so I gave myself a treat and downloaded the newest Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson book and spent the day in bed.

This morning, after another try on the tech research, I decided to go back to the beginning and set up the site from scratch.

[updated 6 Apr 2017 3:30] I’ve got the links to my courses and YouTube videos working, a few other details.

Tomorrow I’ll have to sit down and redo the blog I was about to publish when I broke my WebSite.

Sigh… I’ve been in computers since 1979 and I should know better.

Ah, well. I can always blame it on the cold virus!

Vanessa