So how was your Easter? Was it a well deserved break? Could you eat any more chocolate? For me it meant more thoughts on fiction writing inspired by the changing of the seasons.
With spring just around the corner most of us who are lucky enough to have a garden, however small, are probably thinking of getting out there and giving it some attention for that long awaited British summer. Well, just like your garden and this by the way, applies to your potted plants around your home, your writing needs to be nurtured. It is a gradual process and it will be some time before you see any results.
For the new writer it is almost like an apprenticeship; you are learning things bit by bit about the whole creative writing process until one day you have something of a complete project in your head.
Let’s just say you have got an idea for a crime novel, you might have had this idea for some time. You know a full length novel is not going to be completed overnight, even if you are on a roll and are spending every waking moment writing it. Before you can write the first word however, now would be a good time to develop your main characters and some kind of a plot. This part of your writing is what is going to take a lot of time, as the more you know about your characters the easier it will be for you to develop a plot that will keep your readers turning the pages.
However, before you can begin any of this, you have to acquire an idea in the first place. Ideas are everywhere, don’t think for a minute that ideas are difficult to come by. I believe there are even websites that you can buy ideas from. But for now let’s do things the more traditional way. Getting inspiration from what you see around you, whether it is a news item on the TV, what you have observed or overhead (if you are any kind of self respecting writer you be be naturally curious and nosy). There are loads of ideas from newspapers and magazines. Top tip: have an ideas file on your computer that you can note down any ideas that drop into your head. In time this will contain loads of entries, trust me!
While you are serving your writing apprenticeship it is a good idea to reads LOADS. Read widely from the many genres of fiction. But also read non-fiction such as biographies and travel writing, not forgetting magazines, articles, essays and other people’s blogs. Reading is an ideal way to acquire ideas and keep your mind lively. So when it comes to your own creative writing you will be surprised how furnished with ideas your mind is.
Finally, in time you will notice how much you have grown as a writer and perhaps see your efforts rewarded with something being published. Good luck.
Until next time,
Happy Writing, S