As I was finishing up a small section of the last book in my trilogy, I was thinking about how hard it is to start writing a new book. Even though I’ve got ideas and am anxious to see this project completed, it’s difficult to fill page after page with words. Especially since I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy writing short fiction. 🙂
Because I’m not a big planner, when it comes to writing books, I often start by writing scenes. Small sections of key story points which I will organize and develop later. My initial goal in doing this is to get the story out without getting bogged down by details. I don’t worry about word count or finishing entire chapters. It’s more important for me to capture the mood, themes and characters and figure out how to move one story point to the next.
This got me thinking: How do other writers begin their novels? How do they organize, plan and write their books? What’s their primary goal when they sit down to begin a project? I want to know! Please share your thoughts and experiences. 🙂