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“Read everything–trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read!”

William Faulkner

Great advice. There is something said for the process of osmosis. When I find myself in times of trauma or stress, and the words will not come, no matter how hard I try to make them appear, it is reading that saves me.

Last fall, putting the keyboard aside, I decided to immerse myself in literature. I read for pleasure. I read books from my shelf that I had not gotten around to yet. I downloaded new novels on my e-reader and I ordered audio books from the public library. My mind became saturated with stories. As well as providing balm for my soul, the stories, the language, the dialogue all soaked in. When I finally felt I could go back to writing, the words, miraculously appeared. Writing was fun again. Taking time away from my computer was not wasted. In fact, it was just what I needed.

Each Monday I post food for thought in my HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: Step By Step series. Click on the link for the most recent post about How to Get Your Character Out of the Room. (Always good to know!)

Today’s Prompt

This writing exercise is from HOW TO BE A WRITER By Barbara Baig. If you have been collecting material to get started with your novel, these questions might be helpful.

  1. What’s on your mind right now?
  2. What’s been on your mind lately?
  3. What are the things that are on your mind all the time/
  4. What do you obsess about?
  5. What are you interested in?
  6. What do you know something about?
  7. What do you have strong opinions about?
  8. Do you have places or people that you carry in your mind? What or Who are they?
  9. If you could change the world, what would you do?

Writing answers to these questions may spark a story idea, or maybe an idea for a particular character. Keep the answers in your writer’s notebook.

Check back tomorrow for more writing inspiration and motivation and perhaps a prompt to add to your writing notebook. Save everything you write!


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