Re: DCTP Writing Group
Posted: October 4th, 2016, 4:40 pm
Iwamoto Yuri wrote:Kor wrote:Iwamoto Yuri wrote::V
I could use help though... I actually want to write a book, but I have trouble figuring out how to start...
You will have to be a bit more specific what trouble you're facing exactly. Is it about starting to put text on paper? Is it specifically the first sentence? Is it planning it out?
Oh, I have plenty of ideas, and I pretty much have an order of events figured out along with background research I have done to figure out how the characters would act... I'm really invested in them, how they work, how their background influenced them and the themes I want to work in to reflect certain things...
At the same time I don't know where or how it would be best to start... I've tried, but everything I put on paper just doesn't seem to do them any justice, which feels really frustrating because of how far I've gotten in figuring out the characters... They already feel like they'd be able to live a life of their own yet I can't find the right words for them.
Kinda sounds like you're just being overly critical on yourself (which is normal). I think one approach you can take is to figure out where it should start. Where it makes sense to start and dynamically lead yourself to the meat of the story. I know, saying these words doesn't really give an answer and it just throws at you a question.
A more practical advice I have is this: Come up with the best first sentence you can think of. A reader who has never read your story before will start at your first sentence (... most of the time), so your first sentence should be crisp and maybe reflect the tone you're trying to set up, or tell us something of the world or main character, or foreshadow a later event and then that first sentence will click in the reader's (don't talk about the weather, though). I'm not wishing to give you an extra concern about your very first sentence in the story, but I want you to think of the very best first sentence you can come up with because that sentence may be able to kick everything after it into motion.
All that said, (and this will sound slightly contradictory to what I said above), it's your first draft. None of what you're writing in your first 10 or so pages HAS to remain once everything is done. It can always be changed or removed in later drafts. Perhaps after you're done writing, you will find out 17 pages of the first draft are completely irrelevant. Perhaps you could just try... force yourself through the beginning (even if you don't like what you put on page) in order to get to the parts you handle better. Maybe after you're well into your story you can go back to the beginning and tackle it in a manner that satisfies you after you're even more familiar with your characters.
Besides, I can assure you there's a very high chance that after you're done with your first draft, you will change (even so slightly) the beginning regardless (and yes, even that super duper first sentence I mentioned above might be changed for an even better first sentence).