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A Writer’s Mind – Diabolical


WMdiabolicalA while back, I shared about how creepy it can be inside a writer’s mind. But seriously, there are all sorts of things that go on in there and the ideas/inspirations/distractions/squirrels can pick the most inopportune times to pop out.

Like the other day as I sat in a … oh, I hate to admit this … a funeral.

Please don’t judge me! I really couldn’t help it. The minister was exceptional. His insight, and the truth he spoke made me cry. But during a slow moment, it happened. Boom. The ideas popped in as I stared at the closed coffin. I was no longer my middle-aged self sitting between my mom and one of my daughters. I was suddenly a young woman sitting alone on the back row and beginning to fear for her life.

“What if someone was killing-off a coed softball team one player at a time? Who? And why? And how would the shortstop find out before she was killed, too?”

My mind spun in several directions at once. A hero emerged, though he hardly seems heroic at first. A creep who had all sorts of motives for being the major bad guy turned into just a creep. A sub-plot of a terrified best friend crept into the picture. And loads of suspects to be wary of. Not enough to be a cozy mystery, though. After all, the clock ticks away as more players drop.

I know. That’s just so wrong on so many levels, but the sweet lady whose life I was celebrating would have clapped her hands and hollered, “Tell me more!”

Oh, this could be a juicy story! Wanna read it? Me, too. But I guess I better write it first!

Your Turn: Have you ever found yourself in the exact WRONG place for inspiration of any kind to hit? (Wait till I tell you about my thoughts in my friend’s hospital room!)


Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

4 thoughts on “A Writer’s Mind – Diabolical

  1. This post made me laugh and also sympathize with you. My inappropriate times seem to be when I’m driving. I get a whole scene in my mind. Then what do I do? Pull over and be late to wherever I am going? I think I need to figure out how to use my Evernote and tape an audio. I love it that I get inspiration though!


    • Oh that happens to me! During vball season, I drive all over the DFW metroplex. My iPad records and goes with me, so if I get a thought (and I have) my girls have to listen to me struggle through it verbally. Hey, but I get the ideas saved!


  2. The worst for me is when I am just about asleep. I can’t let go of the idea and my mind keeps thinking about it unless I write it down, but if I get up and write it down, I’m wide awake. Frustrating.