I'm a big believer that if you are going to write, you have to sit your butt in the chair and just write. You cannot wait for the muse to show up first. Now, saying that, I also believe that sometimes, you must let an idea brew for a while before you begin to write.
Take my latest manuscript for instance. I have had the story idea worked out and outlined for the last two months. However, I only just began writing it. The reason was that I did not yet have the voice I wanted to tell the story. Then, while lying in bed, waiting for sleep to take over, it came to me in a line, and subsequently, a title for the new work.
Being the somewhat obsessive person I am, I got out of bed and made my way to my office. Grabbing a piece of paper, I scribbled out the line and the title and left it on my desk. I now had found the voice of my story and felt ready to begin writing.
And I could begin writing. I had already mapped out the characters and conflicts they would face throughout the manuscript. The chapters were all set up and the resolutions in place. Even without the voice, I could still work out the bones and structure of my manuscript. Now with the voice firmly secured in my mind, I can incorporate it into my work and give it life.
Already today, I've written a couple thousand words and I'm still eager for more. So, in short, don't wait for inspiration to hit you before you begin to work. You may need it to begin writing but you don't need it to formulate a plan of attack once it does.Technorati: inspiration, manuscript, romance novel, write, writing romance