Beginning a book isn’t easy. You have all these ideas that you want to get to including the ending, but first you have to take the time to introduce the characters, the conflicts and the world you’ve created. You even have to get to know who your characters are and what they’ll do. I’m still following the outline I made, but I can see myself adding more than I thought there would be. I’ll most likely have to eliminate one of my chapters I’d worked so hard to make. But if it hurts the story, it’s gotta go.
Having trouble getting started? I find it easier to just press through the beginning. There will be mistakes and details you’ll have to rewrite later. You’ll forget about a character you’ve added. It’s best to just get going. Transition from planning/outlining to putting it on paper. Edit it after everything is said and done and you know how it ends. Then you can backtrack and set up the finale.
I’ve just reached 10% complete before the Camp NaNoWriMo writing event. I’ll update again when I’ve hit at least 50%.
April is the beginning of Camp NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s an online writing competition & support group. You get put into ‘cabins’ with 11 other people sorted by age or genre. It’s a great way to meet other writers. I also find its great to have others check you and make sure your working toward your word count goal.
I missed November’s NaNoWriMo competition and can’t wait to get started on this one.
For more info check out campnanowrimo.org.