So â€“ I have the crazy urge to write another book.
Crazy because I just wrote three books in two years, and for many weeks after finishing the last one, I thought, â€œIf I never write another page of another book ever again, I will die happy.â€
But nowâ€¦ I want to write again. Not just any book. I really, really want to try to write a fiction book. You see, I am a non-fiction writer. I majored in non-fiction. Iâ€™ve only finished one fiction story ever (and that was in 8th grade â€“ granted, it was 70-odd pages long). I am in awe of people who can actually write decent fiction. And maybe because I suspect I will slightly suck at fiction, I really want to try to do it. Not to get published. Just to have fun. Just to say, â€œI wrote a novel,â€ even if my next thought is, â€œAnd Iâ€™m not letting you read it because it is pretty shit.â€
A few months back, I actually started a Young Adult (YA) novel. Every night for a week, I wrote and wrote and wrote. I got about 20 pages in, re-read the whole mess, and decided that I hated my main character. Thatâ€™s a problem. So lately, Iâ€™ve back to the drawing board, looking for fun fiction inspiration. Since my dreams have been so crazy, Iâ€™ve been going over each dream to see if thereâ€™s a good story in there. Iâ€™ve also been paying more attention to the news, as all good fiction stories have a grain of truth in them.
My favorite type of fiction is the YA genre; I donâ€™t really care if this makes me look low-brow or immature. YA rocks! I love to read about where authors get their ideas.
Harry Potter: JK Rowling was on a crowded train on her way to London when the idea simply â€˜fell into her head.â€™
The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins was channel-surfing between news coverage on the Iraq War and a reality show competition when she got the idea for her book series.
Twilight: Stephanie Meyer had a very vivid dream of a teenage girl and a vampire having an intense conversation in a meadow about falling in love, even though the vampire wanted to suck her blood.
Neat, huh? Hearing stories like that makes me wonder how many times Iâ€™ve had a really, really good idea but missed tremendous success by failing to follow through. So â€“ kind of a random post, but I just wanted to share something non-healthy living thatâ€™s been on my mind lately. Iâ€™m really excited to get started and try to be more creative with fictionâ€¦ I just need a really good idea!