A NOVEL JOURNEY
Writing & Publishing A Novel
“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write.”
Stephen King said it better than I could have. One of my favorite parts of beginning a new project is that it forces me to read more which may sound counterintuitive. But I assemble a stack that fuels the novel process in a variety of ways.
Research – Popular wisdom advises to write what you know, but we all have blind spots. In this case, botanical folklore fit the bill for an area I haven’t read but might provide more depth and texture to my story.
Voice – Books in the appropriate genre help with tone and vocabulary. For this book I need to revisit a few of my favorite MG authors like Kelly Barnhill, Katherine Applegate, and Cindy Baldwin, all with beautiful authentic voices.
Inspiration – This particular story intricately links nature to storytelling, so I hunted down magical poetry collections and not only writing about animals but instruction on how to draw them. (I love doodling in the margins of my stories, but I’m a stick figure gal so a little help doesn’t hurt.)
Writing a novel certainly takes time, but don’t forget to carve out reading space so that your toolbox is full!
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My meandering path from a wild idea to a full-fledged novel that will hopefully see the light of day, and a few bookshelves and nightstands.