By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief for Southern Writers Magazine
Ernest Hemmingway’s mother insisted he learn to play the cello, which was a source of conflict, as it would be for most children. However, he later admitted the music lessons were useful to his writing structure as evident in For Whom the Bell Tolls. A memory brought forth and used.
If you will keep a journal of these memories, you will be able to take parts eventually and begin writing story after story. Some will be good, some maybe not so good, but they are stories. Let’s face it, a writer’s job is to get it on paper…then the work begins. You start developing the characters more, adding dialogue, scenes, story arcs, obstacles. You massage every page until it is time to start the editing process. Eventually, you have your book or maybe two.