The great mass of human beings are not acutely selfish. After the age of about thirty they almost abandon the sense of being individuals at all—and live chiefly for others, or are simply smothered under drudgery.
The process of creating characters differs vastly for each author and can even vary for the same author from book to book.
Good writing engrosses the reader from one paragraph to the next as one heartbeat follows another. There are no tailor-made gimmicks for the true writer.
The letters are also of interest because they reveal the changes that took place in Paul’s own thinking during the years following his conversion to Christianity.
I never allow the hotel people to change the bed, because I never sleep there. I stay until twelve-thirty or one-thirty in the afternoon, and then I go home and try to breathe; I look at the work around five; I have an orderly dinner—
Personally, I believe it is all in your mindset and what you are seeking in the moment. However, true writers are always listening and looking for that next great inspiration.
As a writer, your imagination can take you anywhere, any place at any time. You can close your eyes and create worlds in your mind. Then extract those characters to flood the pages of a book, giving the story life by these imaginative thoughts.
“I don’t believe in using the term [writer’s block]. Everybody in any line of work has bad days when nothing goes right and they are expected to work through them, I don’t see why it should be different for writers. “
This creative process is where you find that inspirational ‘something’, which motivates you and molds your ideas into thought-provoking pages. As you externalize your visions from worlds outside men’s minds.