So – 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, “If I never write another page of another book ever again, I will die happy.”
But now… 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. I’ve only finished one fiction story ever (and that was in 8th grade – 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, “I wrote a novel,” even if my next thought is, “And I’m not letting you read it because it is pretty shit.”
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. That’s a problem. So lately, I’ve back to the drawing board, looking for fun fiction inspiration. Since my dreams have been so crazy, I’ve been going over each dream to see if there’s a good story in there. I’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 don’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 ‘fell into her head.’
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 I’ve had a really, really good idea but missed tremendous success by failing to follow through. So – kind of a random post, but I just wanted to share something non-healthy living that’s been on my mind lately. I’m really excited to get started and try to be more creative with fiction… I just need a really good idea!
I actually find posts like these hard to read. I have had many lapses as a writer and find that reading other’s journeys tends to stress me out.
I suppose that is because I am a very private person with my business, which I guess is naturally opposite to you (considerig the openness of your blog).
I believe this desire of yours is held by many, so you’re thoughts are shared by many. If you do something you love and it ends up in a trash can or in your desk drawer for the rest of your life, then that is okay too, as long as you are always doing what you love.