If you want to write a book, but you don’t know how to get started, we’ve got an episode of Mirror World News just for you! This week Adam Giles and I tackle the beginning of a new writing project and the important question of how you actually put pen to paper, or fingers to keys.
Here’s a quick summary of what we discuss:
- Come up with your concept
You’ll want to consider setting, which includes world building, characters, theme, and basic plot. At least have the basics in mind.
- Your opening line, scene, or incident
You don’t have to start at the beginning, but thinking of a neat opening line can be a jumping off point. So can a scene that comes to mind, or an image. The best place to start your story is with the inciting incident, or moment that sets everything else into motion.
- Write what motivates you
The most important thing about the first draft is getting through it, so write the scenes and parts that motivate you to write more. For some that’s chronological, for others that might mean starting in the middle or at the end. Just keep writing.
- First drafts can suck, and that’s perfectly fine
Don’t stop to re-read or re-write or criticize yourself. Don’t fall into that trap or you’ll get stuck. Be kind. It’s okay to for your writing to suck sometimes. You’ll fix it on the second draft, or third.
- Edit Later
Speaking of a second draft. Why not let your manuscript rest for a few weeks before you pick it back up again. That way you can look at it with a fresh perspective, like a reader would.