Monday, October 4, 2010
by Karen Cino
There’s more to a novel than plotting. I found that another hidden element is the setting. I’ve been playing around with different settings, and after spending time without coming up with anything feasible, I reverted back to my old standby…the boardwalk. Now I know by now that you are all tired of hearing me talk about the inspiration I get every time I go walking, but I have to share another story with you.
It started a few years ago, one August, when a friend of mine kept after me everyday about starting my outline for NaNoWriMo in November. I always put her off and waited until the two weeks before NaNo to get an outline down on paper. This year, I decided to take her advice and start a little bit earlier. So, this is how I prioritize my novel:
1. Purple composition notebook: Purple is mystical and one of my favorite colors.
2. Title: I can’t work on a manuscript unless I have a working title.
3. The first sentence: I need to have the first sentence before I can start writing an outline.
4. Characters: I have to have my character sketches done.
5. Setting: I need to have a picture of where my characters will live and visit.
Setting. This is where my walk comes into play.
My secret has now been revealed. Not only do I get my morning walk, exercise and a daily dose of inspiration, but I get my props for a memorable setting.♥
Karen Cino is President of the RWA New York City Chapter. She keeps her muse alive by walking every morning down at the South Beach Boardwalk in Staten Island. Currently, she is shopping for a home for her novels, ROSES and MYSTICAL WONDERS and is working on her next novel.