Easier said than done. I once handed a would be novelist a stack of post-it notes and said "I know it doesn't look like much but it's the beginning of your first novel". I wasn't joking. For me, writing a novel is like sifting through silt or trying to piece together a story from the detritus of my mind. For example, here are some samples of my notes for my next book "The Mythological History of Chicago". Just a random sampling of dialogue bits, thoughts on platting etc.
Either in this story or another called the dream traveler the witch should explain that there are laws by which the universe works gradually she explains them revealing the law of attraction etc and by the end revealing that this god that everyone is searching for is looking back at them from the mirror. And we have created our own heaven or hell…it will both be a happy, comic and horrific ending at the same time depending on who is reading it.
“trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents.”
The Chicago fire takes place during Indian Summer just as does the world series.
Swamp Lily is the nickname of a prostitute in the Levee from Louisiana named Addie Beckly
LOOK INTO THE IDEA THAT TIME IS JUST AN ILLUSION…THIS IS EINSTEIN’S IDEA
One day chicken, the next day feathers
PERHAPS THE WITCH SHOULD TELL PART OF THE STORY. THIS WOULD BE THE VEHICLE TO COMBINE DIFFERENT ERAS.
You know when she's lying, because her lips move.
I can be lovely person. I just have chosen not to share that with you.
Please deprive me of your company.
Anything happens to her, I have a .45 and a shovel. I doubt anybody would miss you.
Get out of the way or I shall tread on you.
Why do you get up in the morning?
“Never insult an alligator until you’ve crossed the river.”
“My friend, you have more balls than a farm full of bulls.”
Interesting stuff, I'm sure, but how do you make a novel out of it?
Basically, it's a noir novel and the idea of the book is that Carl Sandburg is writing a news story on who actually caused the Chicago Fire while he is trying to compose his masterpiece "Chicago".At the same time the Cubs and the Sox are playing the last game of the world series at Wrigley Field. This is at the same time that Rene LaSalle (the great French Voyaguer) is trying to tame the New World and slowly going mad. At the end of the book I intend for three different timelines to converge in the one eternal moment of NOW.