Sunday, April 15, 2012

Writing Rants: Beginning of a Novel

When it comes to writing, beginnings are my thing. When I open a blank document, I can just do it. I've always said if all it took was a beginning, I would be a best-seller by now. It's the follow through. Getting my characters through everything without it completely falling apart on me is where I hurt the most.


With Gus Novel....

I have never been happy with my beginning. For the life of me I cannot figure out WHY! I've been told numerous times not to worry about it. Obviously I'm not in a hurry to get published. This story has been brought back to life over and over again since 2008. I write TONS of scenes out of order. I'm never the type that can write straight through. Most scenes never make it into my stories, but there is something about having the right beginning that nags the living bejeeze out of me.

And. I. Cannot. Write. This. Beginning.

It seriously is going to drive me insane. I have no doubt in a few days I'm going to from looking like that girl you see in the top left corner of the blog to something like this:

Yep. It's gonna happen people. I can feel it.


  1. Maybe it's because this opening, when you get it down, is going to be the best you've ever written.

  2. Beginnings are so hard! I tend to find they either turn up immediately and are fantastic, or they are the last thing to get written. Perhaps for now the key is to push on and make the rest of the book great, stop worrying and it will just come to you.
    Good luck!


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