Writing a Novel: Deep Midnight

It’s 3 AM. The dream wakes you, scaring you with its intensity, shaking you with its fever.

By day it trails you, clings to you, seeps into your skin. At first, you tell no one. Then, little by little, the dream finds words, finds its way out of your mind and into your reality. You are forever changed.

Your family and friends tell you they love you, but they’ve heard enough about your imaginary world. They think about screening their calls.

You assure them it’s not some ploy you invented to steer conversation away from the fact that you are once again single.  (Well…)

You attempt to prove it by weaving your cloth of words during dinner. You begin speaking faster and faster, begin moving through the plot with stealth determination to reach the best part—the twist—before you have used up all the goodwill in the room.

They stop you too soon.

You change tactics. You describe the cover of the book, moving your hands carefully in the air to illustrate the design. You talk about sequels, movies, television pilots, and those someday book signings, the ones with screaming fans lined up around the block.

Oh, yes, this book is a blockbuster. Now, there’s just the little matter of writing it.

Ashley Barron

Ashley Barron loves books, sunglasses, the ocean, and all things Washington, D.C. She is a self-published author, blogger, and entrepreneur who is forever fascinated by the power of small business.

In addition to writing novels, short stories, and how-to guides, she is an active blogger and can often be found on Twitter as @dcPriya.

5 responses to Writing a Novel: Deep Midnight

  1. Deborah Batterman January 6th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    And writing it, you will.


  2. Julia Indigo January 27th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Oooh boy, do I know the feeling! Thank you for putting it into words.

    and yes, I am writing it, too.


  3. airbrushing techniques February 27th, 2012 at 5:47 am

    All great art comes from a sense of outrage. ~Glenn Close


  4. Emma April 6th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    If only there was an easier way of getting that wonderful idea from our heads onto the page.


  5. Carl Purdon June 6th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I’m more the keep-it-to-myself type with my family. My son, though (he’s 9) does exactly what you’ve described. I could picture him doing it as I was reading. I have high hopes for him.


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