Early on when I started blogging I realized A LOT of bloggers were also aspiring writers. I was always all, ” I’m just a reader…I have no interest in writing a book. Ever.” Don’t get me wrong — I love writing and have always done well writing papers & essays for school and things for my job but creative writing was never anything I had any interest in. EVER.
Until, one random night I was laying in bed, an idea for a story came into my head. It was intense because it was related to something very personal to me and that would be the starting point for my character’s story. It would take one conversation and a dead end that happened for me and would be the “WHAT IF”…..what if this thing that didn’t happen for me happened for my character. It’s hard to explain but I see it and feel it so clearly. I never understood what authors meant when they said a story or a character just came to them — but I get it now. I do.
I tried to ignore it but the story was just there. In my head. And I wouldn’t leave. It just seemed to get stronger & stronger. So I told somebody. That somebody loved the idea and then told me days later they were still thinking about it and I needed to write it. I told someone else and they said it gave them chills. That was pretty much all the confirmation I needed so then I wrote a sentence in my notebook.
And then I cried. For about 30 minutes.
And now here I am months later….only a sentence on a page. A lot of it is because I’m scared to write this book. It’s going to be emotional and messy. But mostly, I just don’t know where to start. I have no idea how to write when it comes to something like this. All these questions start flooding into my brain and paralyze me so I’m unable to start this story. I don’t know the technical aspects of writing a fictional story. I don’t know where to start with just a very bare bones idea. Do I outline? Do I just write? I could go on. I have a million questions.
So I know there are some of you writers out there! How do I even begin? What are some helpful writing resources you’ve found? HALP! Any sort of tips would be AMAZING.