Writing Challenges, Writing Process

Writing Challenges – Getting Started

I have a new project or five in my head. I know the characters very well already. I know the plot points that will turn and move the story forward. I know the setting, the year the stories take place, the tone, even the secondary characters.

So what is keeping me from starting?

I just said my least favorite word: start. How the hell do I start this book? What’s the opening scene? How do I not get bogged down in everything I just talked about in the first paragraph and instead, write a compelling opening?

If I weren’t a linear writer (for the most part), I’d just start in the middle and go, but I can’t do that.

What are the hardest parts for you when writing? Do you find opening scenes as challenging as I do? And what on earth do you do to get over that hump?

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4 thoughts on “Writing Challenges – Getting Started”

  1. As someone with a literary blog, I totally relate to this. The hardest part for me as a writer is starting as well. I always have many ideas in my head, but it is often difficult to figure out where I should begin plotwise.

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    1. I’m terrified of info dumping. Info dumping is easy to do for me because I want to build the world as fast as I can so I can then write, but that doesn’t make for good fiction. And I fear starting in a cliche way as well.

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  2. For me, the biggest hurdle is world-building. I never know when I have enough to actually start writing. With the project I just started, I’m going to try “pantsing” instead of “plotting” in an effort to avoid that. We’ll see how it works haha. Good luck!

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    1. I’ve pansts my way through several stories. I’m sorta an in-betweener. I plot out the major parts, not too much, or I get stuck. I love the pantsing moments when wonderfulness you could never plan happens. That’s the best part about writing for me.

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