Does it ever happen that you’ve been giving someone good advice and you suddenly realize you need to take it yourself?
That happened to me this week. Having been cracking a whip over the head of a writing friend and encouraging her to take time daily for fiction writing, I realized I was far more guilty than she of letting my fiction projects congeal on a cold burner.
So I turned on the heat under my current adult novel, Living Echoes, and incorporated a scene that had come to me during my recent travels to Synod.
This is an excellent example of why writers should always carry a notebook with them. There’s something particularly productive about long trips, when one’s mind has the opportunity to explore back-brain thoughts.
If I hadn’t jotted down that thought when it came to me, somewhere along the interstate in Pennsylvania, it would have been eclipsed by subsequent events and long lost.
But I found it in my notebook and wrote it into my manuscript, where it seems like the perfect solution to a plot problem that had been plaguing my subconscious.
And that means I’m still echoing along on Living Echoes.
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Reblogged this on Literate Comments and commented:
Nice post on fiction writing by Glenda Mathes.