Readers, if you were to write a novel...

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The saying goes that we all have a novel in us. As we prepare to take down 2016 submissions and start all over again in 2017, I can't help but wonder what we will see next year.
Personally, I have a good imagination and always think I could write a novel. I see something unusual - a woman crying on a park bench, a family cold with each other at a restaurant table - and I think, 'Oh, that's the beginning of a novel.' But, of course, a novel takes so much more than that - a plot that lasts longer than an incident, multiple story lines, characters that learn and change and, importantly, good writing and pace.
But, what would my story be? A woman is watching TV, the news is on, a feature piece showing people in the city street. The woman sees someone familiar, someone she kissed goodbye that morning, someone who wears her wedding ring. But his hand holds someone else's, a strangers...
Where would I go next?


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