On the face of it when to start writing a new project is simple, when you feel like it. But in reality that is so far from the truth it can actually be scary.
For me, a writer needs to have been obsessing about the book for some time, they will have a notebook full of ideas and notes for the salient parts of the book, maybe a list of characters and most likely, if not essential, started to type up notes. These notes will have grown from a page or so, to a few pages and then maybe twenty pages and you can’t stop. It keeps on coming and you find yourself becoming more and more embroiled in the plot. Greater ideas come for other parts of the book and other ideas are coming so thick and fast that you can’t keep up.
Only then will it be time to make sense of all of these notes and the writer will have started a MIND MAP to see how all of these related and unrelated ideas fit into the bigger picture, the plot and storyline.
It is quite likely that the writer will have woken up early, very early some mornings and found themselves typing notes at 4am and are still there at 8am banging away on the keyboard.
That is the time when the writer is ready to start the first chapter, prologue or however they start their book, not before. Like baking a cake, you need all of the ingredients on the worktop before you start, otherwise you will be missing some vital ingredient and the cake will not taste good at all. In fact, it will probably not rise to the occasion and need to be thrown away and re-started, this time, when everything is ready.
Not only does a writer need all of the ingredients, they need to have the recipe to follow, otherwise it will all turn out pear shaped.
So writers needs to keep fresh ingredients, have an up to date recipe and be sure that they have all of that they need to hand before they embark on the long haul of writing their book.
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