SEPTEMBER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATE WRITERS!
COFFEE and Mulled Cider Day!
Thank you, Thank you, to whoever placed this day on our calendars! Most of the writers I know enjoy going to coffee houses, finding a quiet corner (really?), opening their laptop and working on the next chapter of the their book. Personally, I prefer to make my coffee at home and working at my desktop. However, I do accept gift cards to coffee shops! Enjoying my favorite latte while talking about books, authors and/or writing projects is THE BEST!
So as I sip my morning coffee today, I’ll share some of the best techniques I’ve learned about “mulling over” plot ideas and allowing characters (and their personalities) to warm the innards of our imaginations. As Beatrix Potter is quoted saying, “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. [While drinking coffee, of course.] You never quite know where they’ll take you.” As writer and illustrator of her own books, Potter is an excellent example of a creative heart finding a way to become published (she self-published the 1st copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit).
- Allow yourself to daydream. Our brains are not wired to stay focused every minute of the day. It needs rest—and not just at night. When we daydream our imaginations allow us to see various scenarios that relate to character, plot and setting.
- Imagine the possibilities. Take time to let your thoughts OUT of the box of absolute and possible, and imagine the impossible.
- Persevere. At least one character you’re developing will have the character trait of perseverance in order to complete the adventures you’re plotting for them. So must the author.
- Remember that reading is a central part of our creative process. Stay connected with what is being published by reading at least one book published in the current year, and at least one classic.
- Accept the role of C.S.I (crime scene investigator) and Forensic Pathologist. Write down every detail that can possibly relate to your characters, settings, and each individual event. You will not use “every detail” in one particular book, however, they will help you write with authenticity—and may provide ideas for the next book(s).
- Describe with all five senses. If the sun is shining, show the Reader the contrast between the shadow created by aspen trees and the slice of brilliant light cutting through the leaves.
- Give yourself a refresher course in writing. The book, Put All the Pieces Together: Writing That Works, by Teresa Perry, is an excellent quick reference that can help every writer no matter what their age and expertise. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of the Basics.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is quoted saying: “The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” SO TRUE! When we exercise our writing talents and produce something that makes our hearts sing, our personal happiness zings to the top—and so will the happiness of Readers who purchase our books.
So follow your creative process to success. Enjoy the swirling flavor of your morning coffee and your smooth mulled cider as you release your imagination to the winds. And, when you’re ready, seek the support of publishing experts who will walk with you as you climb the steps to grab hold of your book(s) in print. ⚓︎