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Do You Fear Starting?

Let me know if this sounds like you: you have a plethora of story ideas — but haven’t really started on any of them. It’s probably because you don’t know where to start or even if it’s a good idea. If so, I’m going to tell you a little secret.

(I hope this is a secret. If not, then think about it as a helpful tip.)

Instead of thinking about your opening scene, your every character’s likes and dislikes, whether or not you want to start world-building right off the get-go… just start wherever it is your mind came up with the idea. Start at the most exciting part. Ask yourself:

  • What conjured up this story idea?

  • What was the plot?

  • What was the rising action?

  • Who came to mind?

Write the parts that compel you the most, and the rest will come naturally. The world-building, the characters, the story lines, the whole book… it’ll all weave itself together when you start at a point that actually calls to you.

Give it a try.

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