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How Novelists View Their World

A Chair or a Stack of Old Books?

Old BooksMy adult daughter and I were strolling through a combination antique shop and flea market.  In the corner of a cozy little nook sat an antique child’s rocking chair.  It may have been handmade; it was beautiful.  In the seat of the little chair was a large stack of ancient, yellow-paged, tattered books. At that moment an interesting phenomenon took place.  Daughter, Rhonda, saw the chair; author-mother, Norma Jean, saw the books.  Rhonda was unaware of the books; I was totally unaware of what they were stacked upon.  We laughed about it at the time, but it spoke volumes!

How do you view your world?  How do you as a novelist see your world?  If you have never paid attention – start now.

Here’s another example:

A Word PersonBe A Novelist

One day I showed my artist friend a photo of me and my two children standing on our front porch.  Want to know what she saw?  It was in early March and the trees were bare with spindly limbs. She saw the reflection of the pattern of those bare limbs in my glass storm door.  I was amazed as she ran her finger along that pattern admiring it.  Would I have ever noticed that intricate pattern?  Probably not.  But I’m not an artist – I’m a word person.  I’m a novelist.

I’m fascinated with puns, word games, variant spellings, regional dialects, idioms, colloquialisms, dictionaries and the wonderful, exciting thesaurus!  (And very OLD books!) In the same way that my friend was fascinated by the way the trees cast their pattern on the glass door, I am fascinated with everything that has to do with words.  No one will ever be a quality writer unless they love the language they use.

With all the technological gadgetry available these days, it’s not as easy to get lost in the fun use of words, or even the exact use of words.  Or the lovely deep appreciation of how words sound (when you are reading truly great prose) as they fall on the inner ear.  Hopefully you are one of the few who has bridged the gap successfully.

Be A NovelistYou Become the Receptor

As the novelist you serve as the receptor of the world you live in.  You then, in turn, process your perceptions into a compelling story line that draws in and holds reader attention so as to keep the reader spellbound until the very last page.

So how do you look at things?  What do you see?  How perceptive and active is your mind’s eye?  And how well can you transpose those perceptions onto paper with your written words?  Why not practice and see!

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No One’s Reading These Days

Looking for an Excuse?

Hey there fellow writer/author/novelist!  If you’re casting about to latch onto an excuse to abandon your book-in-progress (whether it’s stored in a box somewhere, buried in an old computer file, or still in your heart and head), this excuse is as good as any other:

No one’s reading these days! 

If no one’s reading, then why write?  Hm?     Okay. Sure. Whatever.

Reading or Not Reading?

A few years ago, I remember sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room and nearly every person in the room was talking on his or her cell phone.

BBC News on I-phoneIf that scene were to be repeated today, what would those people in that waiting room be doing?  Their phone (hand-held device) is not held to the ear.  Instead, every person is looking at it.  Something that would have seemed pretty strange only a decade ago.

So what are people doing by looking at their hand-held devices?  I think you will have to agree – they are reading.  Omigosh.  People are reading. 

Oh, but everyone is saying that no one is reading. Now granted there are plenty of videos, games and such on these hand-held devices, but one still has to admit – people are reading. Possibly more so than ever before.

Different Manner of Reading

Is the majority of the buying public walking into a bookstore these days and pulling a $25 book off the shelf and making that purchase?  Not so much. (Personally, I buy lots of used books from Amazon!  Don’t you??)

The fact remains: people are still reading.  They may be reading in a different manner.  They may be reading using different tools (hand-held devices and e-readers), but people are still reading.  (She said again with emphasis!)

Not only that, these readers are eagerly scooping up two or three novels for a few e-readerbucks from Kindle and reading them while waiting in the doctor’s office, or on a long plane flight, or on vacation at the beach.  Or scores of other places too numerous to mention.

Sorry if I spoiled your favorite excuse. I trust you’ll get over it.

Be A NovelistSolzhenitsyn wasn’t Looking for Excuses

And while we’re on the subject of dousing excuses — if you really want to learn about a novelist who was convinced (for an entire lifetime) that external circumstances cannot, in any way, dampen the drive of a true, dedicated novelist – click here to read about the life of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. 

How Important Is It?

The point is this: those who are looking for excuses to jump ship will always find them.  Those determined to bring the ship all the way home to the harbor will find a way to do so.

How important is it to you that you finish your book?

Nuf sed!

Clean Teen ReadsBe A NovelistTired of the struggle writing your book? Need a helping hand? Norma Jean’s Coaching Services may be the answer you’re looking for. Fill out the questionnaire on the page and let’s see if we’re a right fit. A FREE consultation gets the ball rolling. (Or the pen writing!) Click HERE!

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