I’ve made some good progress on my novel. It was frustrating at first, trying to write with the same speed and ease of my memoir. Fiction, I have learned, is a whole new ball game. It’s all about listening to your inner voice.
In his brilliant memoir of the craft, ON WRITING, Stephen King compares novel-writing to an archaeological dig. “Bit by bit, you travel down through the layers and unearth the thing. It’s as if the novel already exists and your job is to reach into that murky space and bring it up into the light.”
I have been taking his words to heart these past few days, and showing up at my computer screen with an open mind. I’m listening to my characters and slowly discovering their story. It’s an exciting process, entirely different than writing my own story, one I have already lived. I am no longer in control. My new novel is revealing itself to me bit by bit.
I’m eager to learn where it will take me.
For all you writer’s out there. What is your best piece of advice for a new fiction writer? How do you get your stories on the page?