Last month I was REVISING, REVISING, REVISING. Then I took a small break had a guest here for an interview, and went to San Francisco to celebrate the Chinese year, 4707. Now I’m back to tackle writing again.
One question I’m often asked when someone finds out I’m a writer is, “Where do you get your ideas?” And I guess that’s really a compliment to any writer when you think of it. I mean writing a book, like other creative acts, is crafting something from nothing more than a thought, maybe one that’s rattled around in your head for a while or has newly arrived.
This is Nan Marino’s great Middle Grade book that reaches back to the first moon walk, but is a wonderful story about kids right here on earth. It’s a recent Honor Recipient of a Golden Kite Award. Where did Nan get her idea?
I think of what I do as being very similar to what a gardener does, the difference being writers don’t have to study an almanac for when to plant. So the metaphor isn’t complete, just appropriate for spring which is fast approaching here in California. Hope you’ll bear with me in this seed-plant/thought-book comparison.
The next few weeks I’ll be blogging about this process called, STARTING A NEW NOVEL. I hope you’ll chime in and share what it’s like for you when you enter this honeymoon phase. Or maybe it isn’t like that for you at all. If not, I’d love to hear what it is like. Here’s how my WIP began. This is my journal entry.
Day One: Eureka! I have this fantastic MC who’s sprung from my head and somehow I’ve linked him with a news article I read a year ago. Run to file (box full of clippings), retrieve article and re-read. So the journey begins.