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Author James McCreet considers how to proceed when inspiration first strikes

Some authors describe it as the initial itch. For others, it’s a kind intuition or series of connections – as when you notice the same word some days in a row. Often, it’s so vague that you’re barely aware of it as a thought. It drifts in and out of your consciousness like the forgotten name of a childhood friend or that word you’ve been trying to remember for days. It’s that magical and precious thing: an idea for a novel.

Ideas are rare enough. We can’t force them and we can’t actively search them out. We can only be receptive to them and expose ourselves to the kind of stimuli that invite them. But when they begin to hover at the edges of our mind, we need to know how best to handle them. Even the most perfect acorn is going to rot and die if its soil is too dry, too wet, too acidic, too thin. Ideas take time to nurture and we need to prepare the ground to encourage them.

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