The Creative Process: An IdeaThink writing will be fun? It is, the same way mountaineers find ascending K2 amusing. Mountaineers and writers: persuing their craft for the same reason... all together now... because it's there.
The climber treks up mountains formed by tectonic forces, while a writer builds his own mountain using stones of language. Often the exertion feels the same.
The character Hawkeye Piece of M*A*S*H said his favorite book is the dictionary because it has all the other books in it. Your book is there, too. You've just got to pick the words that appeal to you and place them in an order of your choosing. 80,000 times. How hard can that be?
It all starts with an idea, something you yearn to express, whether it's a personal experience, a political, religious, or philosophical perspective, a clever story, or a commentary on our life and times. Many manuscripts are the book the author would have liked to read but couldn't find.
Still blocked for a story idea? [if not, go to the next page]
Listen to your internal chatter. Observe the fantasies that play out in your mind.
Or you can turn to a commercial source for ideas. There are many books listing Writing Prompts, a few words to entire scenarios meant to stimulate the imagination. They may not be sufficient to provide fodder for a complete novel, but for the essential practice you need, and just for fun, they are a useful resource. Again, there are many, but here's one I like if for no other reason that it has a plethora of material:
5,000 WRITING PROMPTS by Bryn Donovan
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Perhaps the best place to find inspiration and material with which to work is in other books. Fiction and non-fiction. Read a novel in something other than your primary, go-to genre.
It's been said many times: There are no new stories. Every tale is derivative of something, with a twist. There are a dozen movies and numerous novels that are Cinderella. Cinderella itself is a retelling of a 17th century French tale, Cendrillon. You make it your own by introducing a tangent... or right angle turn. What would have happened to Cinderella if the prince had never found her with the glass slipper? Might she have become the 4th Mrs. Trump?
Let's take a look at the best way to get started...
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