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