My time for writing is at night. I put on my headphones and listen to classical or relaxing music. I let my mind wander. Everyone else has gone to bed so I have the whole night to myself.
For some time I just sit there thinking about what I am going to write. I try to get the feel of the surroundings, the characters and why they are all here at this time. When it feels like I am standing there with them, I search for right moment to start writing from.
Then I start to write. There is no stopping and thinking, there is no time for it. I have to get everything that is happening down on paper now or maybe lose it forever. Their lives can not be put on hold every time I want to question their motives. Sometimes I write things that I never would have thought of, things that seem strange or I would think uncharacteristic of them. But for them it seems perfectly natural. It’s their world and their lives I am writing about. I created them but by no means do I control them.
A writer soon realizes that he or she has been given the chance to travel to a new world. To be the first one to got there. For a writer being able to read the next page or chapter of the novel is even more exiting than when we read a book we bought. The story is so close to our hearts that the anticipation it over whelming.
For me every time I write a chapter or a scene. I cant wait to find out what happens next. I use scene cards but they are only a few sentence describing what could happen here. One only says ” She is in her office going over matters with her assistant and the master of the royal treasury when a messenger comes rushing in” The first time I wrote that scene I had no idea what was really happening there I just new that there where some key events that needed to happen. Many more characters showed up in this scene than I had planed for. Characters I had never met before. They just appeared fully fleshed, like they had an appointment to be there all along.
I will not use that scene not in the way I wrote it but it will come in handy in another place of my book. The characters that showed up there may not be used for that scene again, but now that I know them I know I will see them again one day.
The beauty of writing for me is what I descover every time I start. I may never use what I have writtten but the world opens up to me and I listen and learn. I may often find my self sitting in front of my computer starting at a blank page wondering what to write. After awhile the creativity is gone. Over thinking what I am about to write seems to take all the joy out of writing.
Instead I try to think of a place. I put a character in that place and start writing. I started a whole new book doing this exerse. I needed to write but I could not focus on this book so I instead went through all my old ideas trying to find something I could use. I never thought what I was writing would become anything more than a writing exercise. Instead I discovered a new story just from a small sentence on a peace of paper. In that one night I got a plot, about a dozen characters and with the aid of my boyfriend and his friend a whole new world to write about.
Sometimes I feel like the books have already been written and are there waiting for me. That I am just missing the special key that enables me to write them. For me that missing key is my lack of English vocabulary. I have read hundreds of books in English and understand them perfectly. Sadly I don’t use English as much as I would want. I would love to be able to speak English every day so that I could familiarize myself with how the language works.
I don’t let this stop me from writing. I try my best to look for ways to improve my writing. I keep on reading as much as I can to continue learning and I find ways to practice what I know. Like this blog. I never realized how much this would help me. If I had only started sooner imagine where I would be today. Better late than never. Now instead of reading what others have to say hoping that they will bring me the golden key to my success, I am writing. Writing about things I love to talk about, practicing and enjoying every minute. I have finally found the golden key I was missing.