Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Hot Iron...

This quote was sent in my Elizabeth Mills. Thank you Elizabeth!

“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.”
–Henry David Thoreau

Tricia’s Thoughts:

There was a time when I wrote my novels, beginning to end. And if I happened to get an idea concerning a later part the book, I simply jotted down notes, hoping they would be sufficient for the future scene. Not any more. Encouraged by my writer-friend, Cindy Martiunsen—and following the advice of Mr. Thoreau—now I don’t wait, don’t jot down future notes, but rather write the scenes that are currently burning in my mind. Of course, it helps to have a basic outline of where my book is going. But once I do, I feel free to move within those boundaries and write the scene that I have the most passion for at the moment. If I’m inflamed about that part of the story . . . usually my future reader will be too.


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

Helpful thoughts, Tricia. Reading them makes me ache to develop the stories that are waiting in the wings.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

One other thing . . . I also use my emotions to my benefit. If I'm grumpy or worried or joyful, I work on a scene in the book where my character has the same emotions.

One day I was VERY cranky because my flesh and my spirit were at war. I used that time to write about inner conflict with my character and it became REAL on the page.

1:03 PM  

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