A couple months ago, I returned from an extended research trip. I thought I was going to have a lot more time to write on that trip than I did, but I came back with some great story ideas. A lot of stuff happened in my life in the last year and it’s taken quite a bit for me to feel like I was getting my feet back under me enough for me to put my research and story ideas to good use. So now it’s oh-dark-early and I can’t sleep so I decided to finally start typing out some of my notes for my next book.
One of the hard parts for me as a writer is actually getting started. I have a couple key scenes that are usually burned into my mind that pretty much write themselves once I get there, but I somehow have to get there first. Getting started is always the hardest part of actually writing for me because I spend so much time thinking and over thinking the opening lines. I think about how editors and publishers will view the first opening scene and whether or not what I’m writing is marketable, how potential readers in a bookstore will see what I’m writing and react to it, and a whole bunch of other stuff that doesn’t really affect the story at all. But these are the things I get stuck and focused on. Instead of focusing on the story, the characters, the world, and the conflict, I get caught up in the details. Details that don’t particularly matter at this time because I’m putting the cart before the horse. In fact, I’d say I put the cart so far in front of the horse that they aren’t even in the same town anymore.
The book that I’ve been meaning to start for the past nine months or more is now around 1,000 words strong and this story looks like one that I might be able to tell fairly well. I’m hoping to be able to write between 5,000 and 7,000 words a week which is a lot more realistic now that I’ve actually started the writing process again. It feels good to be writing again and I hope that this book will move a lot faster and clearer than my first book did.