Saturday, November 9, 2013

Not NaNoWriMo but...

  I've been haunted by the main characters of a novel that has been unfolding in my mind lately. They don't leave me alone. If I ever wake up during the night, their conflicts and situations come together and give way to new thoughts and ideas, inviting me to scribble notes. (Insomnia is my enemy, but it can also be my friend.)
  Plot, characters and setting are all evolving into something that can't be squelched. They already seem to exist somewhere.  In my mind they  grow gradually, like the branches of a tree, and I have been doing some research on the subject of this novel. The act of learning more about it triggers new ideas and kindles my imagination. Even though I know the end of the story, I don't know how I will get there.
   I wrote the first chapter. It came out of me like a tsunami. This time I did not have to force it out. ( I had written two other drafts before.)
  Writers have more than one life. The lives of the characters in the stories they write and the lives of the characters in the stories they read. Then there are the ones that exist as possibilities in the tales  we imagine we will  craft one day.
  Life is intense, isn't it?
What have you been up to lately?


  1. Excellent, Julia! What a wonderful development for your writing!

    1. Thanks, Nellie.
      I'm excited. Thank you for your encouragement.

  2. Writing fiction is a solitary occupation for the most part, but our characters are very real to us.

    1. I enjoyed the post you wrote today, Richard.
      I believe emotion is the element upon which we build the scenes, the tension and the conflicts. The characters can embody the emotions that we create.
      And yes, the journey is what matters.

  3. I've never seen insomnia as a good thing until now. It's a good time (especially in the dead of the night) to allow your imagination to run wild and your thoughts to go rampant around your head. I'm glad you've already written the first chapter Julia because when your mind gives you all those ideas, you need to quickly get it down on paper otherwise you lose it.
    I'm sure you'll have no trouble filling in the gaps that lead to the end, and I know it will be a good read. Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. I appreciate your encouragement, Rum-Punch Drunk.
      I should write a post about insomnia.
      I would prefer not to have insomnia, but whenever I wake up too early the ideas flow out of my head easily. It is a mysterious process.

  4. WOW A great insight into a writers mind. You really made me think about what goes on in people's minds. I'm not a writer so I'm not haunted by characters. It sounds like a special gift you writers have and I'm happy the chapters are booming for you now. Good luck

    1. Thanks, Manzanita.
      The more I write, the more ideas pour out of my head.
      It's intriguing.

  5. Julia, I think that’s so fantastic! I’ve heard writers talk about how characters can take over a story and almost have a life of their own. I already know you have a great novel in the works!

    I haven’t done much writing in many years except for occasionally writing poetry, and the writing I do on my blog. However, a couple months ago, a memory from the past triggered an idea for a novel or series of short stories. It was rather out of blue but I went with it, jotting down the ideas as they came rushing into my mind. The characters even gave me their names and stories. First time that ever happened to me. Now I understand the rush writers get when it happens. Then I had to put it aside for a large work project that came in, and handle some pressing family business out of state. I am very much looking forward to clearing time to get back to it. Good luck with your novel!

    1. Jersey, I can't wait to read your poems, and I hope you will work on those stories.
      You are a talented writer.

  6. Hi Julia,

    Your characters seem to be intertwining into your very being. With a dream comes another aspect to the characters. I do find having pen and paper at the ready, also rather handy. Although, by the time I go to write it down, invariably the concept vanishes.

    Your characters, part of you. Such as method acting, there is method writing. You have become immersed and that's inspirational, even with the lack of sleep.

    Did I ever mention that I'm one of Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar's character creations? :)

    Wishing you a restful and inspirational remainder of your weekend. All the very best with your novel endeavours.


    Penny's characterised human,

    Gary :)

    1. Penny has done a good job. He is a great artist. I'm glad he created you, Gary.
      What can I tell you? The more I write, the more ideas I have.
      It is a journey of discoveries.
      Keep writing, Gary and Penny. You make us laugh, cry and think.
      Have a lovely week!

  7. Those are the most exciting stories. The ones that grip you. The characters that ferret into the depths of your mind and wont go away. What a great feeling, words pouring out of you like a tsunami.
    Id like to read that story of yours.
    Whats it called? (or whats the working title?)


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