Written for the category ‘Fan Stuff’

Experiencing a good movie like Twilight can sometimes inspire you to write a novel of your own, and I am no exception.

I love writing and since the day I found a pad and pencil, have always had some literary project on the go. I think it is the sheer excitement of creating any situation, any person, any story that you want and being able to build each one of them into a physical form to re-visit whenever you want is absolute magic.

True adventures come from starting out with a blank sheet of paper (or a flashing cursor) and line by line new characters are created with intriguing lives and stories that can keep the reader yearning to find out more.

But creating great story-lines is only half the magic…learning how to use each word to successfully create the right atmosphere is a true art-form. How many times have you read a book and could easily imagine all of the surroundings, the smells, the sounds, as if you were really there? That is an example of good writing; being able to transfer all those sensory experiences into words and describe in minute but simple detail the world where you want your reader to be.

So is it just a case of having the gift of being able to put the right words in the right order and being able to describe a scene so that the reader is automatically transported there? Or can it be learnt?

The answer I think is both but you also have to have a love of writing and the passion and patience to effectively unravel a scene.

It takes time to imagine each scene, live how the character moves and talks; their expressions, reactions and how they interact with others. And this all needs to be in an easy format for the reader so each paragraph flows easily and is not ruined by too many or too few full-stops or commas in the wrong places. And worst of all, the reader has to re-read sentences to decipher what is written, unless of course it is to repeat the affectiveness of the descriptive proese, or how well the writer has put together the words.

Nowadays there is a wealth of information from on-line content to educational books to help us budding authors.

But like with everything, wanting to write a epic novel is easy…having the determination and motivation to make it to the end is another ‘story’ altogether!