Not sure what it is about beginnings. When I write, I have a plan, a plot, characters sorted, action pending, rah, rah, rah – and because I write multiple threads, there are multiple ways to get started (which ought to make it easier), yet it seems that no matter where I choose to launch from, there is always this little starting dance that happens first. I hop from one choice to another and generally pussy-foot around, indecisive as to what will work best. This slows me down because until I can get this sorted out, I don’t have the pace for the rest of the book. That beginning sets the pace.
Sometimes I work it in reverse, or try to, and get on with what I know comes next, trusting that the pace will force the beginning into compliance. It’s bad news, though, if that doesn’t work because then I have to shuffle around those multiple threads and, if they are time dependent and reflect against each other, that upsets the balance – which equals a big re-write.
So I do the Starting Dance, trying to get the balance right first.
Sooner or later, it sorts itself out. I suspect it’s all really about how polished it all is right from the start, which is unrealistic, if you think about it, but I suspect that is where my dissatisfaction actually lies – that it’s not good enough and until it is, I’m not happy with it, no matter what I choose.
And now that I’ve realized that, I can get on with it. 😀
If you’re a writer, how do you deal with your beginnings? Serious question, I’d love to know.