In response to Ever Surprised Yourself?
Growing up, I’d dabbled in fiction, but I didn’t pursue it seriously. Every time I tried to write a story, I’d get to the plot too quickly, and it didn’t – more like couldn’t – really go anywhere. It was frustrating.
And anyway, I wasn’t sure what I actually wanted to be when I grew up. I’d toyed with ideas from race car driver to scientist. I was actually set on being a scientist for awhile. But it didn’t stick. Nothing did.
Until the summer before my senior year in high school. The summer I started the novel I’m working on now. Something clicked – I’d finally found the right story. I could see it playing out in my head. And this time, I actually wrote down what I saw. Description was what I had been lacking in my earlier stories. I had some, of course, but not enough to give the reader a visual. Visuals are what makes a good story.
One day, when J.K. Rowling was on the phone with her mother, her mother, Anne Rowling, said this:
When the time comes, love, the words will be there. Trust me I have total faith in you.
I think I’ve finally found the right story. I know I have.