Notes are very important for a writer. Many times I think of an idea, expand it inside my head and then forget all about it. If I am vigilant enough to pen it down somewhere, I write down the whole story – ‘cos the notes do not leave me alone till I make a complete and tangible work out of them.
Here are the notes I wrote in 2012, which then developed into ‘Not my type.’ My Amazon singles short story.
It is surprising that I did not have these notes in front of me when I wrote Not my type. But when I read it and the notes now, I notice that I have included most of the details.
You will notice that I had the beginning and random incidences, but my story did not have life – as long as it did not have conflict. I have put a note in the margin – ‘Needs conflict and an ending.’ That is why I did not start writing it for about a year.
One fine day, I was bored and thought of writing something. I remembered the half-baked plot and started to write aimlessly. I wanted to see where the characters take me.
I was stunned at the outcome. I stopped typing only at the end of the story. It took me about 15 hours to write – excluding the meal and sleep times. The story had written itself!
That is the importance of notes and the courage to start. Had I not written the earlier points, I would not have wanted to explore the idea further.
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