Writers and writing: How does a writer come up with an idea big enough to carry through to 300 pages of a novel.?
It is a common question that is often discussed among writers. People talk of the creative act. But I don’t think that that is it. It is the original idea, fragmented though it may be, that is the important catalyst to start the journey. The writer may have little idea where the idea may bring him or her – but that’s not important. That will come in time and that is where the creative bit comes in.
And two years later the work is finished and you ask yourself – how did I do that – and it closes again and remains a mystery.
This youtube interview may help in some of this. At least I hope it does. Patrick.
One of the great difficulties for a writer is getting started. What am I going to write about? What can I write about? The first thing that you need is the kernel of an idea. Fine – but how do I get such a kernel?
The youtube interview here might help some: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43iAYmpc38U
A tragedy in this writing game is that many who aspire to be writers hit the wall around page 80. Why if should be around that time I cannot answer. But many find themselves incapable of getting beyond that point and give up. There must be hundreds of thousands of 80-page potential novels thrown into drawers by writers in despair.
All right so that is the way it was – THEN. But now is now. So how about opening those drawers again and hauling out your half-formed creations? With the passing of time and a sit down and a review of what you have written can give you new ideas on how to force the story beyond what had been blocking you in the past and you find yourself out into far clearer water.
I hope this piece of encouragement helps some to pick up their pens again.
Best Regards. Patrick.