On my previous blog, I addressed the meaning of “inspiration” to get started. Now that have our pencil or computer in hand, let’s discuss actually jotting ideas. Every book I’ve ever written began the same way, with an idea of what was destined to happen. That’s right; I begin my books where they end. By knowing what is going to happen to your main character, you know what kind of road you’d want to take with the story. We’ll use my character’s name from the Menta-Life series, for example. If you were writing a romance with the thought of Vanessa having a happy ending, you’ll know that you’d want things to begin on a struggling path then gradually shape things up, leading to her happiness in the end. If you want Vanessa to be heartbroken in the end, you’ll know to start her off with the perfect life then taking it down piece by piece.
I begin each of my books with absolute certainty of my character’s fate before their name is even written down on paper. With already having the ending, all that’s required is writing your way there with ease; you see your goal in the distance and pave the road. Simple enough right? Personally, I find it easier to get motivated when I’m not just blindly walking to somewhere that’s nowhere. My third book was different though, which is why I’m most proud of it. With Menta-Life, I had my course set but, halfway through the book, an idea hit me. An idea that allowed me to take things a different route and bring the book from one to a series of three. Halfway through book three, more ideas and twists led me to four then eventually ended at seven. Point? Intentionally writing one story can lead to the formulation of many others.
Next step? Deciding a start point for your amazing tale. I can’t admit that I have much experience in this but I know that I always start my character’s lives off at their lowest point. Vanessa Pheros started off in Ori Prison; Marc Barnes began depressed at his computer desk; Lucas and Kenneth began standing in front of their burning home. Each of these characters carried personalities that placed them in different circumstances in different time periods but, like all stories, you begin with the problem then solve it. That about sums up my method of quickly writing a book. Anyone have questions? Comments? Or would like to share their writing techniques? Speak now or forever wish you spoke. Hope you found this post informative.