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The Art of Writing

psychologytoday.com – Wednesday May 4, 2022

  • Many leads for novels stem from dreams and dissociated states.
  • There is no such thing as writer's block, but many writers fear that their big ideas will dry up.
  • Early literary acclaim seems to be a disincentive and an obstacle for some writers.

To write a novel requires long hours of premeditation as well as a fertile imagination. It also involves a determination to create art from one’s very essence. Most authors find it hard to put into words how or even why they write, but they know that each new experiment requires complete immersion. They liken the start to a surfer waiting in the water for the perfect wave to arrive. The first glimmer of a lead often comes in a dream or a late-night fugue. The morning after the revelation they feel elated and often begin to write with a furious frenzy. In the next weeks, the words may flow easily, then temporarily dwindle to a daily trickle of stilted text before fresh momentum occurs and a first draft materialises.

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