Writing a Book Together: Before the Beginning

This year I thought it might be interesting to write a book from scratch with you. From start to finish. Together.

Can we do that? I think we should try.

At this point, I don’t have anything to work on. There are only thoughts. No real facts or characters or ideas. No first lines. No plot points. No anything. I’m starting off fresh with you.

But in this moment I have learned something. Just now. Here it is:

  1. Sometimes, in order to come up with an idea, I have to write. Sit down and write.

Maybe it’s practice or muscle memory or training, but I can feel I am already headed in the right direction. I’m thinking.

Here’s what I’m thinking–I have an editor who’s interested in a romance from me. Could that be the novel I work on?

I’ve wondered for a long time if I might write a sequel to The Chosen One. That wouldn’t be fun, but it would be possible.

I could try my hand at fantasy. Hahahahahah! Okay. We all know that isn’t possible!

Here’s how I will decide: At the beginning of a novel, when I know absolutely nothing about it, I sit at my computer and stare off into the distance. This is when I’m hoping a character will introduce herself to me with a first line. So that’s what I plan on doing today. I’ll open a blank page on the computer and sit there.

Staring off into space is work! Daydreaming is something you can put on your novel writing resume!

Later today, I’ll sit around awhile and see who asks to be let in. See what she has to say. Maybe this book, whatever it’s going to be called, will come to me a little differently. If so, I’ll let you know.

How do you find that seed that grows into a novel? Are you inspired by history? People? Emotions? A first line? Something that happened to you? Something someone said? A creature? A bad dream? A kiss?

Let’s meet again tomorrow and see what we’ve come up with. I know for sure we’ll all do this writing experiment differently. Whatever I do is right for me and that’s mostly what I’ll talk about. But I’ll also see what published people are saying about their books and their writing. I’ll try to learn more about this crazy part of writing I’m calling Before the Beginning.

 

 

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9 responses to “Writing a Book Together: Before the Beginning

  1. Bruce

    I’d like to join you on that journey. I’m doing JaNoWriMo, but will have #PitchWars things to deal with soon once my mentor gets the revision back to me. So sure, count me in.

  2. Shelece Luke

    One of my biggest New Year’s Resolutions is to finally finish writing a book this year… So I am in!

  3. Alicia T

    I’m game. I’m starting something new to distract me while querying. Gonna try a romance arc that doesn’t end with a breakup. I may need some kind of intervention. And I wish you luck with your project. A follow-up to The Chosen One would be very interesting to read, but it’s not the only story in you, I’m sure.

  4. Oh, a shiny new project instead of the research and writing I have to do for a deadline? I might have to do this!

  5. Cammie

    Yes! Just started a new one last week! 🙂

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