Something special happens when I begin to birth a book. I’m not sure if I am unique in this. Perhaps other writers will comment and let me know if I’m weird or somewhat normal.
Because one of my core values is life-long learning, I love to initiate research. So with the new idea, I start to look for credits that may prove my point if it’s a nonfiction book.
For novels, I start to pay attention to settings, cultures, recipes, clothing – anything that will make my characters believable.
Then I go nuts with ideas and start free writing. For nonfiction, I play with an outline.
For novels, I write letters to the characters and let them write me back (I know – weird!).
This is the most exciting part for me – similar to when the doctor said, “Guess what? You’re pregnant!”
I begin to imagine all kinds of scenarios. What will the cover of this book look like? What if this book becomes a best-seller? What if the words I write impact somebody’s life?
The beginning germ of my idea mushrooms and ripples into a story line. Even in nonfiction, it’s important to tell the story.
So I feel excited, fulfilled, working away at this idea and waiting to see how it will manifest itself in chapter headings, quotes, character quirks and the resolution of conflict.
As I work on the idea, I imagine my readers – feet propped up in front of a cozy fire, turning the pages inscribed with my words, wiping a tear or tilting back their heads in laughter.
Then I take the idea and play with it from the marketing standpoint. After I find my focus, how many articles can I write from this one idea? Will it be only a novel or can I also write a nonfiction book, using my research as a starting point?
That’s what I’m doing now with all my research about Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Reverend G trilogy is finished, so now I’m putting together a nonfiction book of essays and meditations to help caregivers.
For me, the best part of writing is letting my creativity loose without any roadblocks or fears stopping me. I envision the massive impact this idea will have and the huge numbers of people who will either learn from my topic or change their lives because of it.
Ultimately, I thank God for the idea because he is the one who creates life – in the womb and in my writing soul.
Then I ask him to bless the project and hope again – that it will be very good.
©2016 RJ Thesman – Author of the Reverend G books http://amzn.to/1rXlCyh
Thanks, Rebecca. This is one of those kinds of pieces one wants to copy and keep within easy desk-reach. Revisiting both its content, inspiration and significant reasons why we do what we do. I think I shall!
Thanks, Jerry. As we encourage and inspire others, it boomerangs back to us. Made my day!
Thanks again for the time you took to spend with me! It was so helpful and I just enjoyed our chat. I did go on Quozio and PicMonkey but haven’t been successful yet :-(. Trying to finish up the last of the edits of Bethel Manor and moving on to other projects that need attention! 🙂
Thanks for this post too!! Great reminder of why I LOVE to write 🙂 blessings bea
Always good to connect with you, Bea! God’s blessings on your writing.
Another good one! Love hearing about the process of other writers–always nuggets that can be applied.
Thanks, SuZan. Hoping those nuggets will result in many blessings for you.