Surprises in Writing

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.



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