Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Beginning

For all intents and purposes, earlier this week I wrote The End on my latest Blaze. I'm letting it sit for several days because I know I need to read back through it and smooth out a few rough edges but for the most part, it's done. (and just in time to meet my deadline too. :-)). I'm excited about this book as it's the sequel to my first Blaze, Whispers in the Dark.

But at the moment, I'm more excited about what comes next. After living for months with these people in my head they've finally moved on. And new people have arrived. I woke this morning with the opening scene for my next book rambling away in my brain. Already, I love these characters and I can't wait to get these words down on the page.

This is the part of writing that I absolutely love. The beginning. I know a lot of people loath this part...the trying to figure out your characters, the plot, the black moment, their conflict, blah, blah, blah. I love the fact that they're brand new and almost anything can happen. I love that one tiny decision on my part can change the direction of their book, their lives.

This euphoria can be a little dangerous. On several occasions I have been guilty of abandoning a project (just for a few days) for the greener pastures of the new characters and idea that's just burning to get out. The bright side? Even if I do (or rather, if I have the luxury of time to do this) about the time I hit chapter four or five that new shine has worn off and I'm full steam ahead into the 'I suck' section that I talked about several weeks ago.

Later today I'm going to write down the scene that was playing in my head. I can't wait.
If you're a writer, what's your favorite part of the writing process? If you're a reader, what do you get excited about starting?



Problem Child said...

I love the beginning, but it's easy for me to get overwhelmed by it as well. Too many options!

My ideas for the next book always seem to show up in the middle of the current book -- I'm torn between the allure of the new project and the need to finish the current one!

I'm closing in on The End on my WIP as well! Thank Goodness!

Smarty Pants said...

I adore the beginning. I can write a partial in a flash. I actually just finished the partial on my new project. Everything is going swimmingly. Of course, in two or three chapters, I'll be in writer's hell. That's when I decide my heroine is too neurotic, my hero's only redeeming qualities are his abs and his sarcasm, the plot overshadows the romance and that there's no reason on earth these people should be attracted to one another. That's just how it seems to go every time.

But in the beginning... all is well.

Angel said...

Snicker. SP, you are hilarious! And of course one of the hero's redeeming qualities is his abs!

I love the plotting part of the beginning. Falling in love with new characters and figuring out what is happening to them, etc. The actual first page... not so much. All that blank space is intimidating and I just know I'm going to ruin the book by picking the wrong opening.

I'm currently working on a first chapter for a contest, and all these worries are hovering over me. Sigh...


Playground Monitor said...

Right now I'd be excited just to wake up and not see boxes everywhere. But I'm making headway and Goodwill is going to be really excited to see me.

When I AM writing, figuring out who the characters are and having that "a ha!" moment when it begins to click are great. It makes me think maybe I can write after all.

And for the record, I'd read a book with a hero who has redeeming abs.