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Monday, July 18, 2011

How Do You Start Your Story?

     Every day I sit down, pull out my notebook and try to put my mind in gear.  I write down things that I have heard or seen.  Everything I have written has been inspired by something else.  I jot, scribble, list, cut and change from beginning to end.

     I seem to focus a lot on characters.  After all, they are my favorite part of a story.  I like to know the details of my character's lives.  I need to know where they live, what they look like, what they like and what they don't like.  Most times I start out by outlining or interviewing my character, often obsessing about my character's details.  I probably gather up three times the information than I will actually use.

     Outlining and/or interviewing helps me create believable characters.  Do you interview your charachters?  Do you let your characters reveal himself/herself to you?  This is how I start my stories.  How do you start out yours?  Do you start with a plot, a title or a character?  Please share.


Anonymous said...

I live with them inside my head until I know them so well like myself. I'm constantly thinking about them, visualizing them, and finding connections and curious discoveries like if they were real persons - and at some point they do become real to me.
I guess that's how a writer lives, with many others inside their heads. There's no escaping.

Maeve Frazier said...

EEV - Exactly!! Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

Lynda R Young said...

I start in different places. The majority of times I'll have a single scene in mind that develops into a story. Often the scene that started it all never shows up in the final story. The scene is also usually based on the characters, but not always.

Emily Rittel-King said...

I'm with you, Mauve. It's all about the characters. The plot should be laid out to help characterization.
Great post!

Maeve Frazier said...

Lynda - I'm curious to know if you outline out a scene by drawing or visualizing it. When reading your blog I get the feeling that words flow easily to you. Can you share how you do this?

Emily - Thank you for your comment and for stopping by. I really enjoyed reading your blog!