Wannabe Writers is her weekly meme. It's a writing group for the un-published and anyone is welcome to join. It's a place where future authors can ask questions, share stories, and get feedback. Click (here) to find out how it works.Where I am in the writing process: I'm currently 2/3's of the way through Eyes in the Ashes.
My Current problem: I'm a bit stalled at the moment. Reason why? Haven't the foggiest. I sat down yesterday morning and nothing flowed. I stuttered along for about a hour, not coming up with anything coherent. I think I'm trying to control the process again instead of letting it flow. Michelle Gagnon, who blogs at the group mystery writers blog "The Kill Zone" had a great post entitled "The 50 page mark." In a nutshell, when folks get bogged down, they go back and start editing and end right back at the 50 page mark with nothing done. In essence I derailed myself by forgetting its a first draft. So back to just opening up my brain, channeling my muse and letting it flow on the page. Yes, I write long hand when working on WIP. It all seems to flow better that way. However, when I'm working on my blogs, I don't prewrite, I just type. Don't know what the difference is between the two. It's odd! Which brings me to Sarah's writing project she just started yesterday and blends in perfectly with my lent goal. Writing 50,000 words in 50 days, a 1000 words a day. A little like nano which seems to spur me on. Plus there are a few folks joining in and we can all be cheerleaders for each other. I was going to join in quietly, unofficially without saying anything, but that wouldn't give me any accountability.
My question this week: "How to get going in the beginning? Suggestions on ways to start a story?"
How to start a story? I did a lot of pre planning with my very first WIP and by the time I got to Eyes in the Ashes, not so much. I got an idea about the story, came up with some characters and wrote out some ideas for scenes. Then here's the kicker. At night as I went to sleep I would write the story in my head. All three stories the past three years were started in November with Nanowrimo. So by the time, November 1st hit, I had written the beginning in my brain quite a few times. How to begin? Write it in your head, then sit down and get it down on paper or type it. Just get it down and once you get the beginning down, then the rest should follow. Hopefully!
To join in on Wannabe Writer's, head on over to Sarah's at Confessions of the Un-published
So how do you begin a story?