Ever since I was a child and wrote stories on my plastic typewriter, I’ve dreamed about becoming an author.
I can’t say the learning curve was steep. On the contrary. I learned slowly, painfully slowly, until the moment I began to write and not just absorb knowledge.
Lately, there’s one thing that has helped me do a joyful jump from writing short stories and novellas to novels, and that is shadow journals.
I came up with that concept after James Scott Bell briefly mentioned “shadow stories” in a blog post, and it happens daily that I discover, or uncover, things about my story and characters thanks to writing shadow journals.
I highly recommend that you try it out. Start every writing session with five minutes of shadow journal, and you’ll see for yourself.
If you want a detailed guide about how to do it, check this out http://malka.biz/shadow-journal