Was talking about some of these things with a book club (that just read Truest and invited me to join them for discussion) this week. Thought I’d repost. Tell me about how YOU start a story.
Not that you should necessarily take writing-life advice from me. Perhaps you ought to listen to Jo Rowling and spend seven years plotting. But this it the irrational, backward way I start a new story.
1. I have a tiny idea. Teenaged wards of the state in hospice care. That’s nowhere near a full-blown idea, let alone a plot, but it’s enough. Just a tiny idea is all I need. But I have to love it, have to want it.
2. Characters. Whatever-this-is-going-to-be is going to be nothing without a handful of characters. I start with names and photos, which I find by scouring the internet until angels start singing. Again, this seems backward, doesn’t it?
Yes, I think. Her name will be Macaulay, and she will go by Mack. And this will be her.
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