Beginning is always tough, but it’s the most important part. When I begin a new project I’m starting with a little kernel of an idea. It might be just one scene or action or word that has captured my imagination. It is my job to decide how I’m going to get to that point–and what is going to happen after it.
I usually start by jotting down notes and thoughts in a notebook. Whole scenes will come to me and I have to ask myself questions to fill in the before and after and find the connecting points between scenes. I find it easier to free write by hand instead of on the computer. There’s something about that blinking cursor that makes me a little anxious, but a notebook already has lines on it and holes in it. It isn’t perfect anymore, so I can’t mess it up with my scribbles and scratch outs.
Once I have a good idea of where I’m going with the story then I’ll move to the computer. I will just let the story start to come out…I’ll “free” type. Sometimes my characters change their mind about the path they are taking or the attitude they had about something. If you get stuck you can always refer back to your notebook. For instance in my new WIP, Tangled, Leif’s mom was at first glad that he was learning a bit of magick, but as of last night, she detests magick and he has to hide it from her. We’ll see how it works out. She might change her mind again.
Well, I don’t know if that will help anyone get past the “how do I start this” anxiety– but, that’s how I do it. Jump in! See where your story takes you. And if it’s a different place than what you firs thought…well, sometimes that happens. = )
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Kendall Ashby Corbit- http://www.twokendals.blogspot.com/ Rated R
Kristine Asselin – http://krisasselin.blogspot.com/ Rated PG
Tatiana Caldwell – http://tatianacaldwell.com/blog Rated R
Isabelle Flynn – http://www.isabelleflynn.com/ Rated PG
Ansha Kotyk – http://www.anshakotyk.com/blog Rated PG
Laura Pauling – http://laurapauling.com/ Rated PG
Alexia Reed – http://alexiareed.blogspot.com Rated R
Gail Roarke – http://gailroarke.blogspot.com Rated NC-17
P.M. Rousseau – http://pmrousseau.com/ Rated R