From Light Bulb to Keyboard: Michelle Ray

Happy Friday Everyone!! I was sitting in my living room, admiring my half-decorated tree when I thought “What I really need is HGTV to get in here and finish this.” “Hey, I think it’s time for another As the Eraser Burns weekly feature!”

You remember Michelle Ray’s lovely Random Pearl from a few weeks ago? Well, she is back and generously offering her advice once more in

From Light Bulb to Keyboard


Michelle, you’ve just been inspired with a fantastic, breathtaking idea for a novel. What’s your next step?

Write it down! On a napkin, paper lunch bag, I email it to myself, or start a new document quick! Anything not to lose it. I have lost many, many ideas thinking it was so great I couldn’t possibly forget. Gah! If I’m lucky enough to have time, I type out as much as I can. What characters look like. The main conflict. Pieces of conversation. The setting. Why I think it’s good. Anything. That way, if I have to put it aside (which, inevitably I have to) I can look back and know that I’ve captured what might be the start of something fun. I love to look at my computer folders of ideas. In my darker moments, it helps me remember that I am, indeed, creative.

Thanks Michelle!

Write it down, folks. Write it down.

Have a joyful weekend!!


About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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