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Your Creative Writing Masterclass: Featuring Austen, Chekhov, Dickens, Hemingway, Nabokov, Vonnegut, and more than 100 contemporary and classic authors - Advice from the best on writing successful novels, screenplays and short stories by Jurgen Wolff

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4Germination

Successful authors recognize the need for an idea to flower. Inspiration doesn’t just mean being hit with one idea suddenly; it can also mean cultivating it, allowing it to grow in our subconscious, and letting it emerge when it’s ready.

Here is how the prolific detective novel author Georges Simenon described his process to the Paris Review:

Unconsciously I probably always have two or three, not novels, not ideas about novels, but themes in my mind. I never even think that they might serve for a novel; more exactly, they are the things about which I worry. Two days before I start writing a novel I consciously take up one of these ideas. But even before I consciously take it up I first find some atmosphere… I might remember such-and-such ...

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