Now, reflect on your life for a moment: your family, your childhood experiences, the milestone events in your life and your unique set of skills. Next, ask yourself the following questions:
When you have finished writing answers to the above questions, ask yourself the following question: Can these answers be worked into a fictional piece of writing? (It doesn’t have to be fantasy; it could be mystery or science fiction. In fact, there is no limit to what your imagination will conjure up.)
If you can answer the above questions, then you will be on your way to creating something unique—something that is YOU. And that is just one of the ways that you can interest an Agent or Publisher with your book.
Remember, the more you write the better you will get. The more you reflect and imagine, the more your story will develop. Get in the habit of carrying a writer’s notebook around with you so that you can capture those ‘eureka’ moments. Don’t rely on your memory. J. K. Rowling has admitted that she was sometimes without notebook when inspiration struck. Don’t rely on napkins or paper bags, but instead strive to keep your writing organised.
You will also need a notebook and a writing implement for each creative activity in this course even though it won’t be specified from now on.