…start a book. You have this great idea and you want to transfer it onto the page. However, there is just one problem.
How in the world do you start the book? Where do you go with it once you begin? Are the characters going to lead you or are you going to lead them? These are all valid questions for the budding writing. When I started writing, I wasn’t thinking any of these things. I just had a burning tale inside my mind that I had to tell. So what do you do when you have the idea?
My advice is to write it down so you don’t forget it. I have a notepad by my bed in case I wake up in the middle of the night with an epiphany for a great plot. From there, the idea grows and you can form it into an outline.
Outlines are good because you can mold the story and have some notion of where it is going to go. You can break it down even further into chapters and then scenes. Once you have that, then the thrill starts of writing that first sentence on a page. Some authors I know have trouble writing that very first sentence and stare at the page for hours before those right words hit them. I’m of the mind to start writing anything because you have to kick off the design somewhere. Remember you can always go back and change that first sentence or delete it even if it doesn’t work. The most important thing is getting the momentum going and running with it.
Once you get that then you are on your way.