I love starting a new story. That part of the writing process where I’m figuring out who these characters are, what their lives have been like up until now, what they want for the future, what obstacles they’ll have to overcome, what they’ll discover about themselves, and how they’ll come out stronger in the end.
Oh, and how they’ll fall in love.
I love when the ideas come so fast, I can’t type quickly enough. A lot of those details will never make it into the story, but that free flow of ideas, playing “what if” with these new characters, always gets me excited to sit down and work on the story. I love falling in love with the main characters (as I hope my readers will). I love thinking about the setting and the scenes and how the story will end.
I also love the revising phase where I layer in the emotions, setting descriptions, backstory elements, and more, but there’s nothing like that rush of getting the initial ideas down on paper. I’ll eventually take those ideas and put together a formal outline, but until that point there’s no pressure to produce something useable right out of the gate. That permission to think outside the box and not worry about whether something will work or not work allows me to really free up my creative side, to play with ideas I might not otherwise consider. Not that I don’t do that sort of discovery when I’m writing the rough draft, but before I even get to that point, this free-form brainstorming feels like less pressure.
It’s the time to really have fun with the story. It’s the time to let my imagination wander as it often wants to do (even when it shouldn’t: while I’m doing final line edits on an already written story). It’s the time where I can listen to music and let the scenes play out in my mind.
It’s the time where I remember why I love writing.
This weekend a group of us are getting together to brainstorm story ideas. As much fun as I have doing that myself, it’s even more enjoyable and entertaining and helpful when a group of writers work together. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this year.
What about you other writers? Do you love the start of a new story? What is your favorite part of writing?
Sloan Parker has been writing and playing with fictional characters for years but finally found true passion sharing stories about two men (or more) falling in love. Sloan loves to explore the lives of people who are growing as individuals while falling in love. You can learn more about Sloan and her work at www.sloanparker.com
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