Chronicles that Lead to Masterpiece

A few pieces of info that I’m melding together:

-When I read about many authors’ inspirations for great works of novelry, I find that they draw heavily from powerful events that they’ve witnesses, with power emotional experiences. In the past, obviously, but not always the immediate past. Sometimes it’s from wars they fought many years ago, sometimes it’s from an old house they visited the week prior, sometimes it’s a science experiment they witnessed, or a conversation they had.

-Daresay, however that most of these authors have written or journaled about the experience in some form, and thus have pre-written material to work with during the construction / creation of a major work. Haven’t validated this one, but I imagine it to be true.

-Ray Bradbury used inspirations (and themes and snippets) from some of his previously published works to inspire and provide actual content for Fahrenheit 451!

-As I read back to the few journal pieces that I’ve written I realize not only that they are fun to read, a record of my mental state, containing some inspirations and ideas, but also they may serve as the basis of a future written work. As a character mentality, or even as direct dialogue in some cases.

-I had an idea about hiking the Via Dinarica in the Balkans. I still have this idea, but the present one would be to do it all in one several-month span and to write a novel coming out of the end of it. Or some other type of work–inspired by the beauty and by the trip, since everything will be fresh in my mind. So that by the end of the hike I would have a completed work. But as my mind transferred from initial inspiration to thoughts of execution, I thought, well how will I decide who my characters, and what time period I will set my work in? This would normally dampen the mood, and set back the planning into an inevitable spiraling whirlpool into non-execution, but I had the thoughts above and considered: perhaps I simply chronicle it in diary form. I write feverishly in every quite moment. About the landscape, the feelings I have, the people I meet, the experiences, situations, fears, anxieties, revelations, epiphanies, sensations, etc. And just write them for what they are, and for the sake of simply recording them.

-Then when I’m settled in some other workaway environment, with 19 hours of freedom per day, I can combine and muse and construct a work with the brain using the knowledge of more generalized, overarching themes and conclusions, and can put the work precisely where I want it, with much of the physical content pre-written.