Inspiration -- The Writer’s 'Aha' Moment

Written by C.S. Paquin

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A new masterpiece began whenrepparttar next journal beckoned. I would tell myself this was "it":repparttar 129885 story that would be published (I could justify any expense for an inspiration fix).

It was last spring I hadrepparttar 129886 "Aha" moment. It came in Wal-Mart. Shopping with my 7-year-old daughter -- a blossoming writer -- she insisted I buy her a brightly covered journal.

"Why do you want another one?" I asked. "You've got a ton you haven't written in."

"I know," she said, "but I need it to write a story."

"It doesn't matter what you write on," I said, sighing atrepparttar 129887 extravagance. "If you really want to be a writer, anything will do."

"Aha!" I thought, hearing my own pithy wisdom. I bought herrepparttar 129888 journal -- she'll learn her own lessons, her way -- and came home. Grabbing an ordinary legal pad, I wrote a piece with an ending, which finally made it to publication.

It didn't make me famous, but it was a start. I proudly cut outrepparttar 129889 clip -- and stuck it in my journal.

C.S. Paquin is a nationally published writer in both the business and humor markets. Cheryl has a Master Of Arts in Journalism and has been writing freelance for over five years. She contributes regularly to regional publications in Minnesota. She is the owner and editor of and the author of a new e-book: 101 Paying Markets for Essays, Columns & Creative Nonfiction, available at:


Written by Craig Lock

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How do you eat an elephant, or write a novel? In small chunks. So set daily goals for yourself. If you write, say 500 words a day, a first draft of your manuscript will take 120 days or 4 months. If you write 1000 words a day, you will halverepparttar time: it will then take only 60 days. So set daily goals - at least two hours writing. Then STICK TO IT.

PLAN THE NOVEL: Jot down plenty of notes. What characters do you want in it. Draw up a flow chart to help you develop a plot. Then draw up a chronology (big word) ofrepparttar 129884 plot: eg. when wererepparttar 129885 characters born, where did they go to school, marry and other major events in their lives, etc? It's difficult to remember everything, when your mind is racing ahead. A chronology helps you to keep on track, like ensuring thatrepparttar 129886 ages ofrepparttar 129887 characters correspond withrepparttar 129888 events. Remember: It doesn't matter WHAT you write - just as long as you START WRITING. But first there are some decisions to be made: Whether to write inrepparttar 129889 first, second or third person? Also from whose perspective? What tense? What isrepparttar 129890 structure to be? There must be a strong foundation, so that your novel does not 'fall down'. What isrepparttar 129891 climax? Stretch significant events central torepparttar 129892 story and shrink unimportant ones. Describe events significant torepparttar 129893 main theme in detail. Don't have too much description of a character, who appears only once inrepparttar 129894 story. Sort outrepparttar 129895 plot as you go along. I go for walks alongrepparttar 129896 deserted beautiful beaches here and I daydream. Ensure that your novel has a RHYTHM of it's own and events move forward steadily in a logical sequence.

Find a comfortable place to write, although I think that an inspired writer can write anywhere. Tolstoi apparently wrote inrepparttar 129897 village square; becauserepparttar 129898 expressions onrepparttar 129899 faces ofrepparttar 129900 passing parade inspired him to write.

Finally, I believe that nearly everyone can write their own book. If that's your dream, what's stopping you? Just go for it.



"Whatever, you want to do or dream you can do,repparttar 129901 hardest part is making a beginning. Once you take that first step in following your passion,repparttar 129902 rest will follow naturally... and lead to who know's where."

Craig Lock is an author of numerous books and the creator of the ORIGINAL online creative writing cou He started the "ORIGINAL" (and still highly successful) online creative writing course. Craig's various books are available from:

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