This is why I am grateful to successful writers who share their hard earned wisdom with the rest of us.
I’m talking about more than the advice they offer (...write every day) and the writing exercises and techniques they suggest (…write for fifteen minutes on the subject of house dust). More important to me are where they turn for inspiration and support, what they do to sustain enthusiasm and passion during the process, and how they overcome loneliness, despair, and rejection. How they come up with IDEAS.
Among my favorites are “On Writing” by Stephen King, “bird by bird” by Anne Lamott, “Wild Mind” by Natalie Goldberg, “escaping into the open” by Elizabeth Berg, “The Forest for the Trees” by Betsy Lerner, “One Continuous Mistake” by Gail Sher, “The Courage to Write” by Ralph Keyes, “Loud and Clear” by Anna Quindlen, “The Artist’s Way” and “The Right to Write” by Julia Cameron, and be sure not to miss “If You Want to Write” by Brenda Ueland.
A writer plucks words out of thin air and weaves them this way and that until a story emerges, images appear, characters come to life, truth is revealed, and emotion ignited. Artists do it on the canvas and performers, on the stage.
It is a source of wonder to me that a novel can grow out of a single thought, a symphony from a simple octave, a portrait out of three primary colors. Still, I’m pretty sure we’ll never run out of books or music or paintings because I’m certain we’ll never run out of extraordinary new IDEAS.
What IDEA will you begin with?
“Your motto: Be Bold, Be Free, Be Truthful.”
*In my next post, I'll talk about the jealousy trap.