To get you ultra-ready and inspired for NaNoWriMo, literary expert Celia Blue Johnson—author of the new book Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway: Stories of Inspiration Behind Great Works of Literature—has a few behind-the-scenes anecdotes to share about those classic novels we know and love. What tale will you someday tell about the origin of your bestseller?
We’ve all experienced that moment of waiting for our minds to take a creative leap. With National Novel Writing Month upon us, many of you are probably spending more time in front of your computer screens, searching for an idea that will carry you from page one all the way to the end. Our heroes weren’t all that different from us. They fretted. They went blank. They crumpled page after page of failed ideas. If you’re stumped, I propose walking away from your computer. Most literary legends found inspiration far from their desks.