How I write novels.
I see, hear or remember something that plants a seed (using your observation skills is what they mean by ‘writing what you know’).
‘Seeds’ rarely come from something a friend says, but when they do, they are usually asking for it.
The seed idea makes me think of something else.
I write it down.
Then I have other ideas and if I’m still thinking of that original seed, I put them together in handwritten notes.
Next comes the setting. Locations appear like collages in my mind and turn into something grander. Occasionally, imaginings are slotted into real places – it’s still fiction. The setting is not just about location, time frame and dramatic action call for writing decisions. – this takes time, skill and energy.
I find out what my characters’ wants and needs are and this drives the plot. They are all and always will be fictional because what I write is between me and my mind – I don’t base characters on real people (you cannot answer the question ‘what would they do in this situation?’).
Language, dialogue, imagery, themes, patience, editing, countless other factors and time to myself to think and actually write it.
Staying well enough to write is a massive factor – this all takes time.
Then I have to publish it. Proofreaders/editors/cover design (even if I do it myself on Canva pro) and adverts, especially adverts all cost me way more than I receive in royalties.
Charlotte Bronte said ‘I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.’
Happy writing, Samantha Henthorn Author.
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