I know, I know. You’re busy! Really, I don’t know anybody who isn’t. Our lives are crazy, aren’t they? The day-to-day can really divert us from where we want to go. I thought it would be a good idea to offer a few handy tips for those folks who really yearn to write that book. Today is tip #1. Sit in the chair. I know you have five or ten minutes to spare today, so glue yourself into that chair and make a list of the story ideas that have been kicking around in your brain. Mine might look something like this:
Swamp, jewel smuggling operation, brother and sister pilots.
It’s not much, is it? It’s enough though, to get me started thinking about the type of story I might want to write. Okay. Now that your five minutes is done, feel free to walk about the cabin, so to speak, but while you’re meandering through your day, think about your main characters. We’ll talk more about them in the next post.
Have you always wanted to write a book? What genre would you most like to write?
I know. Even the word ‘research’ sounds dry and uninviting, doesn’t it? In the old days, it probably was. Hours spent searching through dusty books on library shelves was time consuming and inefficient. Researching for a novel nowadays is a simple as firing up a search engine and letting your fingers do the walking. Still, moving beyond the computer screen has proven, in my case, research has enriched my life. In the name of research I’ve recently toured an historic steamboat complete with paddlewheel. I’ve also had the pleasure of witnessing the release of wild birds of prey. Research encourages me to seek out new experiences and pay attention to the world around me in a whole new way.
Are there any places you’ve been learning to go and learn about? Do share. Giving away an Amazon gift card this month.
I don’t get out much. That is to say, most of the time I’m plopped in front of my iPad writing or standing in front of a roomful of third graders. So what’s a writer to do who needs to find out about flying a plane or the perils of Guatemala’s Peten Jungle? Yep, it’s time to reach out and touch someone! In the course of my fiction gathering adventures, I’ve been privileged to talk to a pilot (who seemed distressed that I wanted to know about crashing more than flying) and a Guatemalan missionary. I’ve also had the honor to speak with folks who restored an historic paddleboat and people who have done everything from kayaking (which I would never try) to long track speed skating (which I would also never try.)
Do you ever read fiction books which wind up teaching you things? Would love to hear which ones you’ve enjoyed. Giving away an Amazon gift card this month.
Suzan M! Congrats! New December contest starts tomorrow. How did it get to be December already?