How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 7

I’m always asked where I get my ideas as an author. But I think a more important question is “How does an idea begin?” The story or plot doesn’t arrive fully formed. It begins as an image or character trait, something quite rudimentary, story-wise.

ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING DAY ON ORANGE STREET began with my love for my backyard orange tree. I began describing it, and what I wrote that first day eventually became, after many drafts, a chapter near the end of the book. The point is just to begin writing. You’ll find out where you are headed much later…

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