Please welcome guest Gwendolyn Womack to Writer Unboxed today! Gwendolyn Womack writes romantic thrillers that explore a spectrum of metaphysical subjects including divination, reincarnation, magic, and ancient explorers. Her debut novel, The Memory Painter, was an RWA Prism Award winner and two-time Indie Next Pick. Her second novel, The Fortune Teller, is out in bookstores today.
Intuition & Writing: What Happens Next?
For the past several years I’ve been researching ancient oracles, Tarot cards, and other forms of divination for my second novel, The Fortune Teller. All of that research has gotten me thinking a lot about intuition and the role it plays in the writing process. Creating stories is like creating dreams and it is an incredibly intuitive process. So as writers, the more we can train ourselves to build that intuitive muscle, the more it will help when we’re diving into characters’ psyches, figuring out plot and culling our imaginations to answer that age-old question: what happens next?
First I’ll start with goosebumps. I’m a firm believer in them—the feeling that strikes you when you’ve stumbled onto an idea. I look at it as biomechanical feedback, a little message from the brain to the body that you are on the right track.
One of my favorite writing quotes is from Ray Bradbury who said, “Your intuition already knows what it wants to write, so get out of the way.” There is a lot of truth in that, and if you embrace the idea, it really is liberating. So whenever you’re stuck wrestling with the words, maybe try telling yourself that your subconscious has already figured this mess out, written the whole thing, and then get back to work. Perhaps it sounds wacky, but give it a try. Writing in general is a lot of feeling around in the dark. We just have to get comfortable with it.
Most writers I know are already very intuitive and many of these tips may seem par for the course. But if you’re just starting out on the writing path or need a little pick-me-up reminder, here are a few things I’ve found helpful to encourage intuitive writing: [Read more…]