Yesterday, I was culling through my email and came across a blurb from Writer’s Digest. It was something about how one knows they “just gotta” write a novel. Well, being a writer-type person, I had a pause and read the blurb.
Here’s what I learned:
- Write a novel if characters continue to “come” to you, whether you want them to, or not.
- Write a novel if you keep thinking about it–the twists and turns, dialogue, and scenes, etc. at odd times of the day
- Write a novel if you have a variety of chacters (more characters often = longer book; not a short-story)
- Write a novel if there are various themes that keep presenting themselves in your ideas, writing, or general life
- Write a novel if you wake up in the middle of the night with an idea for your book
So…what can one do for more inspiration?
- I like to make photocopies of pages in books I am currently reading where the dialogue just “flowed” for me, or liked the seque. Then I highlight and jot my own notes in the margin on how I might create a scene, dialogue, character descrption of similar ilk in my own project.
- Even better if that passage makes me tilt my head in the manner in which the character may have, or gives me some other visceral reaction.
- I download music that represents the mood, feeling, idea, that I want to convey in my work. I pop my earbuds in when I write. My writing is almost always better that way.
- I stay busy. Busy people have new experiences, producing new images, ideas and characters. A boring life = boring writing.
- Oh, and I read. I read a lot. I read books that are about what I want to write about, because good reading often produces good writing.
Back to writing!