Sunday, September 22, 2013
On Starting a New Book...
Does anyone else have trouble STARTING a book?
I sure do.
I mean, I usually know what happens in the middle and the end before I know how the book starts. Problem is, I can't start writing unless I know the beginning. I mean, sure, I'll write those middle scenes, and that ending scene (I've done that, though chances are, they'll change a bit when I get to them from the beginning of the book), but I cannot actually thread together my story with the beginning.
The beginning of a book is so important! It's where we plant clues as authors as to the direction of our book. It's where we get to know our characters, and how they'll react in situations, their strengths and weaknesses.
Only recently have I found the actual beginning to my new book, Nacoma Knight. It's taken me SEVERAL versions, but I really like what I have. Sure, it's going to need tweaking...it also may still change...but the feel is perfect.
Now if I could write more than 500 words before stopping and wondering where in the heck I'm going with it!
What about you all? What's the easier part of your book to write? Are you a beginning, middle, or end person? Where do you start?