As I posted on these pages last week, this week I will begin a new writing project. Oh, the excitement. Oh, the horror. And yes…I feel both.
New stories are wonderful. Allowing the muse to run free in an open field and building new characters from the ground up is so freeing. I love the way a new story slowly develops. How the turning points and the conflicts show themselves to me through the process. But at the beginning it can be scary too.
I’m a pantster. I do very little — close to no — plotting before I begin a new story. I do build character charts and try to flesh out the beginning conflict, the ending, and the major turning points, but that’s about it. I look at the clean page (even if it is a digital page on the computer screen) and start typing, letting the story flow. Yes, there are usually mis-starts. Those first pages will be caressed and refined a number of times before I will feel I know where we’re going, but I think that ‘s true of plotters as well.
On my last project I eventually built myself up to 2k a day, but beginning are hard so for this week and next I’m going to shoot for 1k.
I’ll keep you all in the loop.