It’s kind of funny, but after 50-plus books and three decades in the business I still do two really basic things when I write a book.
The first is that – no matter how much planning I put into it beforehand, no matter how clear I am about what’s to be done – I always start off by typing the title, the by-line, and the words ‘Chapter One’.
Why do this? It’s something that probably works for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) writers too. It’s like keel-laying used to be in a shipyard. It means the book is STARTED, even if the blank screen then stares at me.
The plan is important too – and in the next little, on this blog, while I’m going to explain how to make planning work while still having the fun of ‘free form creative seat-of-the-pants’ writing.
The other thing? I never type ‘The End’ at the end. I mean, it’s obvious the book’s ended – there isn’t any more of it. Publishers don’t do it, either – unless the author really really really really insists. And even then, maybe not.
How do you start a book? And are you entering National Novel Writing Month this year? It’s less than 30 days off. Planning starts…now. Watch this space.
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