Leaving work yesterday evening I had another story idea. So far I have written and published one novella, am in the process of writing a series of short stories and am working on building a blog presence. However I have never written a full length novel, or thought about writing one. I love reading long stories and the length of a book is never a turn off for me. However to commit to writing a 200+ page book seemed like a daunting task.
So here I was… the sun setting, me dragging my body down the office stairs having received some shocking news, then I thought – I should write about that! I should write a full length novel about this (yep keeping you in suspense I will not disclose what ‘this’ is’. I had my moment, started building the story mentally for about a minute or two and then did not think about the topic any further. This morning however I woke up thinking about the plot I had developed last night and told myself that this evening I would spend some time working on the first chapter.
Strangely when I got into work this morning, I was having a conversation with one of my colleagues and a phrase she said stood out as being a great title for the story. Now is it just me or is this weird: going from having no story to having a title, plot and plan to start the work within less than 24 hours! Furthermore to overcome the fear of writing a full length novel and commit to writing thousands of words also. Wow. Now it was such a shock to me that I have blogged about it. It has also made me think about what actually makes us as writers decide to take certain ideas forward to write a story. I know I have loads of ideas every single day but sometimes I will creatively express them as a poem, or short story or maybe even an essay or blog post. What is it however that makes me you decide to develop an idea into a story.
Off the top of my head I would say the main thing that drives me to write a longer piece of work is my emotional attachment to the idea. I have to visualise myself being excited and curious about the topic for a long time. What drives you to write longer works?
Let me know.