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Belletristic writing: From where do the ideas come? volumes
Authors are often asked: "Where did you get your ideas from" as if there were a place in particular where you could buy them: Assda for Chick-Lit, maybe Waitroze for fiction. But although this is a frequently asked questions, most authors find it hard to give a proper response.
It is true that ideas are all around us, in the things you see and see, in the things you are reading and hearing and experiencing, in your own infancy and in your own families, in the more wild areas of your imaginations. However, a good notion is not everything. Everyone who wrote will tell you that the main issue in your work is transplant.
While some authors write very quickly while others work on a project for years, no one would dispute that typing demands devotion, and that the distinction between someone who desires to be a novelist and someone who continues the absorbent and discouraging proces of getting the words down is enormous.
"To be a writer" is itself a strange concept, really as if there were a constant state of glory in literature, when in reality it is not a state of being, but an artwork, a handicraft, a set of technological aptitudes. A lot of authors write because they are forced to, because if they do not, they are not lucky.
To a certain extent, this is the best place to start: have a good plan and then you' ll be feeling blamed every single working on it. Every serious author is also a serious reader. Authors are reading for a wide range of purposes; for research and enjoyment, of course, but also to study from authors we awe.
Whilst creativity in literacy has done much to professionalize the way we are learning to write, there is still much to be said for the autodidactic approaches of intense, lengthy literacy across genres, times and markets. It is important to evolve your literacy abilities - if you are going to do something you like, you' ll be spending some quality clarifying why you like it, what the author is doing to create this effect.
However, the best way to begin to write is to begin with it. Many authors consider it the most prolific technology to continue, regardless of the shit they spit. Poor fonts can be enhanced, buffed and trimmed, formed and reworked. While one side of the letter, well, then you have something to work on, something that will hopefully result in better things.
- Find a straightforward but convincing way to describe what you write to them. If you tell them that you are a novelist, they will ask inevitably: "What is it about? "If you answer, "Well, I'm not really sure it's about a dude who's not so lucky and thinks about maybe going somewhere else but can't decide," you'll be panicked when her pale horrible eye and slow fading face, and you'll end up wondering, "God, that sound terrible, why am I even going to bother to write that thing" about your own novel, which is never good.
Instead, have a good line, something like: "It's about a girl founding an independant country in one of the casings on the London Eye", to which folks will reply: "What happens to her" and you have your first advert. So it doesn't really make any difference if you're actually doing a novel about a dude who's not so lucky and considering maybe going somewhere else because you've saved yourself one of life's little embarrassments.
It' a kind of confident knack - you have to fool yourself to think that you can, that what you write is the real McCoy. To find a way to describe what you are doing and protect your own delicate egos is not such a poor notion.
Put your one-liner on a sheet of paper and paste it where you can see it while you work; when it comes hard on hard and you are caught in the vast maze of words that all fiction contains, you can look at it and remember the simplicity of your history.
There are an endless number of ways to stop oneself from doing it. It is counterproductive to think about stools and diaries and whether it is such a good notion to always write in it.
Well, the secret of my writer's work is to do it. One of her works is the award-winning inanimate Alice film. At De Montfort University she is a teacher of creativity typing and new medium.