Take a walk with me . . . down a dark, winding path, into a strange new world, or around your neighborhood. Absorb the sights, the sounds, the feeling in the air. The path leads into the unknown, full of twists and turns, rocks and steep hills. The people we meet are unexpected — some are true, devoted friends; others are not to be trusted. In the end, will our dreams come true or are they crushed?
All stories begin with a dream. Taking time to dream is crucial for a writer. Memorable characters must pierce the writer’s soul before they can pierce the reader’s. As a story unfolds, those characters take control. Don’t be afraid to allow the unexpected to happen. Let them lead you to surprising places of raw emotion.
Before you write a word, go to a place where you will not be interrupted. Take a walk with your character. See where he or she (or even an “it”) will lead you. Then when you begin to write, allow that character to live through your words.
Let’s dare to dream together. Dream big.