This summer has simply flown by. It’s hard to believe that school will be back in session in a few weeks. Harder still to believe this is my oldest child’s last year in high school. Where did the time go?

Free time this summer has been spent with appointments, working with my illustrator, researching for a current project, and spending time with my kids.

At night, after all in the house is quiet I’ve been watching Downton Abbey. This is my second time watching the show and I’m enjoying it just as much as I did the first time I saw it. While watching the show I got the urge to write a historical novel set in the early 1900s. I find that time period fascinating but must admit that the thought of actually writing something set in that time period sort of terrifies me. I have heard of people lashing out over historical inaccuracies, writing letters telling the author they shouldn’t be writing at all. I am sure this probably doesn’t happen often but since I’m not a huge history buff I worry about messing up in a very noticeable way.  I realize this will take a lot of research and am looking forward to learning more about this time period. I tend to enjoy research.

Have you ever been inspired by a tv show or movie?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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8 Responses to Inspiration

  1. jeff7salter says:

    yes, my summer also flew by. I had such grand plans for all the projects I’d work on or finish… but very little has been accomplished and now the summer’s over.
    Yeah, I’ve been inspired by movies or TV shows.
    One example is my novel “The Ghostess and MISTER Muir” which was inspired by the wonderful 1947 film, “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.” Of course, in addition to switching the gender of the person being haunted (and the spook), I also completely changed the setting and characters and plot.
    During my brief, frenzied drafting, I watched the movie twice and did other research.

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  2. Joselyn says:

    I know what you mean about historicals. I would love to write some and think the Downton time period would be interesting, but the research would be daunting. I keep thinking maybe some time in the future. I hope you get a chance.

    I still have to watch the last season of Downton Abbey.

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  3. I didn’t expect to want to watch Downton Abbbey, but I stumbled across part of one and had to see them all. It was a wonderful series which cleverly had you gaining insight and changing your opinion of so many of the characters after finding out what is in their heart or seeing how they grew.
    I was inspired to CONSIDER writing a musical after hearing a live performance by a lovely young woman,who sang a song from an unknown-to-me play.I got very caught up in the idea and asked myself, “WHAT? Now you are going to write a story in song?!” And I calmly answered myself that I could, because my first real public exposure was writing lyrics.Right now, that seems like a long shot with all that is going on, but it crosses my mind at times and lyrics come to me, (like in the shower!)
    I can’t press upon you enough to do your homework for a historical,but with the world at your fingertips now, it is easy to find answers.

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