Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Where do authors' ideas come from? Museums!!!

Erica here:

One of the most frequently asked questions writers get is "Where do you get your ideas?"

The standard answer is "Everywhere." Ideas for stories can come from anywhere. News stories, tv shows, people you meet, a song on the radio, a house you drive by.

But for me, most of my stories come from visiting history museums and reading history books. I love weaving actual historical events into my stories, particularly lesser-known historical events.

This past week, book-ending the ACFW Conference in Dallas, my husband and I toured seven different history museums together (and my husband fit in three more while I was at the conference.) Now I am brimming with ideas for new stories.

Here are some of the places the Vetschs visited this last week:

The Truman Presidential Library and Museum (This is a replica of Truman's Oval Office.)

The Steamboat Arabia museum in Kansas City, Mo.

Fort Scott, KS

Dallas Heritage Village 

This place was AMAZING!

Peter visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The Sid Richardson Museum of Russell and Remington Art

Fort Smith, Arkansas home of the Federal Court for Western Arkansas and Indian Territory

More about this one in another blog post, but this is Miss Laura's Bordello, also the home of the Fort Smith Visitor's center. Yeah. You read that right. :)

Sadly, this one wasn't open on the day we were there. This is the US Marshal's Museum.

The John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa

I'll be blogging about some of these places in more detail in the future, but as you can see, I now have LOTS of new information and history to peruse and take in. It was another amazing trip with my husband, who takes me to museums and photographs everything. 


  1. And I love that museums are unique to the area or the state they are in.

  2. WOW!! A wealth of info and interesting sites, I'm sure. I love visiting new places - thanks for sharing the pics with us!!


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