'You put your one sentence in. You take your one sentence out. You put another sentence in and you shake it all about.'
K, enough singing. After lots of thought, daydreaming, scheming and planning- I finally got down to business and began work on my third writing project. The outline is finished and I sat down at my computer yesterday, cracked my knuckles, and started typing.
Getting through the first chapter of my manuscript takes me a LONG time.
I don’t know these people (my characters) very well yet. For the moment, they’re functional. They are there to move my story where it needs to go.
It’s not until I’m about a third of the way through the book that I find my ‘groove’- I get to know my characters in and out and their words and actions flow freely.
I’ve got a long way to go, though, before I arrive at that point. Right now I write a paragraph or two. I stop and think. I write a little more. Stop. Go back and reread. Write a little more.
I struggle to push it forward, through the doubt and lack of ideas until the point where things seem to take on a life of their own.
I’m five pages in and there’s already an important character who just popped up out of nowhere. No idea who she is. I look at my outline. Is she in there? Nope.
This is my first time writing first person AND present tense. And the story is from a boy’s point of view. I hadn’t planned on him having a girlfriend right at the beginning. But here she is just the same, helping me to move my story along and now that I take the time to think about it- she will also add so much more tension and drama to the situations to come.
I wish I could take credit, but when I’m writing, things come as a complete surprise to me. Most of the time it doesn’t even feel like they’re my words or ideas. I know all you other fellow writer skitzos will understand what I’m talking about.
So tell me, how you do get through your first chapter? Do you stop and analyze every little thing until you've got the perfect platform? or do you just write whatever comes to mind and figure you’ll straighten it out at editing time?