Write what you know. —Mark Twain
Write what you don’t know about what you know. —Eudora Welty
Others say, write to discover what you don’t know.
How about this: write what delights you.
Every so often, I come across a book that’s just plain delicious.
I felt that way when I discovered Alan Bradley’s delightful series
of mysteries featuring 11-year-old scientist and sleuth Flavia de Luce.
I loved the character and her adventures. Or Lisa Lutz’s book
The Spellman Files about a dysfunctional family of sleuths.
What about you? What delights you? Who would you love to
spend time writing about? Make a list of novel elements that
delight you. Consider:
Point of View
Added Value (This is often the stuff that makes a book rich and
fun for you. It may not fall into the categories above. For example,
I love books that have recipes in them—like the novel Bread Alone.
I may never use them, but it’s fun to imagine.)
Once you make your list, put it away. Let your subconscious think
about the book you will write this year. As ideas show up for you,
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Write Now! Coach Rochelle Melander is an author, a certified professional coach, and a popular speaker. Melander has written ten books including Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It). As the Write Now! Coach, she teaches professionals how to write books fast, get published, and connect with readers through social media. Get your free subscription to her Write Now! Tips Ezine at http://www.writenowcoach.com.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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