2009_poster_smaller_0 I probably gave it away with all that excitement!

DRUMROLL please.


Needless to say, decease this girl is just going to write. I’m in the process now of figuring out the names of my characters, store because I already have a great idea for my story. I’m reading through William Zinsser’s On Writing Well on my Kobo Aura HD, sildenafil but I’m also expecting a copy of it in the mail this afternoon. I’m getting prepared.

After talking to my good friend Amanda Fultz, it has been decided that I’m going to write a love story. I have a pretty interesting one, huh? Of course I will be pulling some of what happened in my life into it because the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction and more easily written. Also, I find that most authors start at a point they know. My favorite authors did that.

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee wrote scenes from her own life when she created Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus was a lawyer, like her own father. She knew what Alabama was like because she lived there. “Dill” was inspired by her childhood friend, Truman Capote. Capote said that “Boo Radley” was even modeled after a real man who lived down the street from their childhood homes.

Diana Gabaldon, who created a story so interesting and filled with imagination, took a little from what she already knew also. She “modeled” the main male character in Outlander after her husband. If I remember correctly, the stature and build of Jamie was modeled after him. She has mentioned on her Facebook page recently that Claire’s hair is like her sister’s. See?

Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander at The Poisoned Pen.

Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander, at The Poisoned Pen.

I think starting with what I know is a good idea because drawing on your own experiences will only make “writer’s block” less of a trial. The writing will be so much more in depth and personal. You can find out a lot about a writer by what she puts in her stories.

What else can I glean from my favorite author’s before I jump into NaNoWriMo? Maybe that writing is hard. It’s about writing, writing some more, rewriting, trashing a paragraph, and sometimes starting over with something entirely different. Nelle Harper Lee spent years on To Kill a Mockingbird, then spent another two and a half rewriting it. Diana Gabaldon spends about 3 years on each of the Outlander series books. Writing takes time, effort, and persistence.

As Diana Gabaldon said when fans inquired about the books:

What have been the most difficult sections for you to write?

Difficult? Goodness, all of them. Well, not really, but it is work, you know, even though a great deal of fun. . .

Did you expect the success your books have had?

Not in the slightest. I wasn’t planning to show my first novel to anybody, let alone try to get it published. But things happen, and I’m very grateful that they did.

After seeing two amazing writers use what they had in their own minds to mold words into something amazing, I want even more to try my hand at this craft. Will it be hard work? Yes. Do I enjoy writing? Yes. Will I be able to average about 2,000 words a day? Who knows. Will my “first write” be any good? I’m not going to put out anything that is not rewritten, and this will probably take years to “perfect”. Am I planning to enjoy this? YOU BETCHA! *wink*


Megan A.K.A. “Author”