Creatures Humongous and diminutive.....
- Writing is a strange animal. Writer's block, even more so than
I'm finding myself blocked, perhaps because I've done too much in
the way of plotting and outline before writing anything of
substance. I have a lot written on later books and I'll return to
them at a later point (it's a series, and I want to make sure that
my starting point is the right one. I feel that it is, but I've made
a few false starts). I've outlined the events at last, using my
character's inputs, which is all well and good--but without the
opener, it's just so much hash. In a very real sense, though, this
first book is the glue that will bind them all together, as will the
nebulous last book in the series.
Has anyone else found themselves in a similar situation? I think the
problem not only would apply to a series, but also to any given
individual book. Thanks in advance for any discussion or input on
- --- In Writers_Library@yahoogroups.com, "Elizabeth Anne Ensley"
> I want to make sure that my starting point is the right one.... and
> I've outlined the events at last, using my character's inputs,Liz:
> which is all well and good--but without the opener, it's just so
> much hash.
This may sound simplistic, but it works.
Pick a place at random and start writing. Don't start at the
begining. Beginnings are like word processors, there is too much
potential for fiddling around to try to perfect them.
In the novel that I'm currently finishing I wrote (in order) chapter
16, 17, 2, 3, 5, 6, 26, 1, 30, 1 (again), 4, 7, and so on.
Write the pieces for which you have the clearest vision and let them
inform you of your beginning.
When I used to write in strict sequence, I would invariably bog down
in the first chapter and never get to the rest of the book. I must
have 30+/- failed beginnings sitting in my files.
Another trick that works for me is that I write dialog first. It's
almost like writing a play. Then I go back and start to fill in the
descriptive passages, occasionally replacing dialog with action. As I
said, it works for me but YMMV.