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Three ways to start writing your book now

People often tell me they want to write a book. They’re stuck, they say, because they just don’t know where to start. The thought of writing a book can be daunting. In fact, the more I learn about writing, the more I feel the enormity of what it takes to create a well-written manuscript. Compiled from workshops, personal experience, and advice from mentors, try these ideas to get your story moving.

Write the ending first. Many writers have an ending to a story in mind before they even know what comes first. If you know your ending, write it out first and use it as a springboard to create the story that comes before. If you know your ending, you likely have a sense of the themes and emotional throughline that will drive it forward.

Create your cast of characters. Since books require action and conflict — and that can’t happen without characters to do stuff — flesh out your characters first. The more you know and understand your characters, the easier it will be to know what they’ll think and do. For more character building ideas check out these interview questions.

Write scenes. Imagine the kernel of your idea and then think of some of the scenes. Write those first scenes to see where your story will go. The more you write, the more you’ll discover about your story. Once you have a collection of scenes, the structure will begin to reveal itself. Then you’ll see how you can stitch your scenes together into a solid draft.

How are you inspired to start writing?

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  1. I’ve had a lot of sideways glances when I explain that the first thing I know when I’m writing a story is how it’s going to end. Other writers say it stifles their creativity, but I don’t find that for myself. I agree that it gives an emotional throughline to work with, and it helps me construct the story around the ending. Great post!

    December 3, 2011
    • I hear ya Meredith! If the story gods want to give me the ending first, I’ll take it! Glad you liked the post. Thanks for your comment!

      December 3, 2011

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