We begin with a pause. That’s my granddaughter Penny decorating the Christmas tree. Why the pause? Because it’s important for writers to live life. Besides you never know when it will show up in a book. Your life, your advertures, and your dreams are are tinder to start the fire of your story.
How do you write a fiction novel?
Some will tell you to get your workplace and materials together and establish a set time. All those things are good. But some of us write everywhere and switch between modalities like tablet to laptop or desktop or writing in a journal. Whatever works, works.
The mechanics away, let’s begin with the truth of it. Books begin with an idea. It may come in a dream but it’s still an idea or story line that captivates you. If you dream, start a dream journal.
If not, write down in a notebook everything that excites you. Any phrase that captivates you. Anything you see that suddenly becomes a story in your mind.
My book When Love Survives started with a dream. That first image was Georgia in New York City looking in a store window at a coat she couldn’t afford. A hand reached in and took the coat, and the dream of a new coat was dashed. She’d lost her job and would soon be homeless. Spotting his reflection in the glass, she was startled. Was he watching her?
Growing up I’d had lots of experience looking at the beautiful and magical windows in Manhattan during Christmas. So that was a seed from life that was planted.
That one image grew and took shape in my dreams very face and formed into the store. When you get something like that you are duty bound to wake up and write it down as fast as you can. Write everything. Edit later. You don’t want to miss out on anything.
If you are writing your book along with us and starting out, begin by writing down those ideas, dreams, phrases, images. If one sparks your imagination, begin your story. Let it lead you.
I’ve told you how to begin. Next week. We will continue.
For those interested in When Love Survives, see below. Thank you.
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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