The Beginning, Again

Just as the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, so the journey of a story begins with one idea. As of this morning I find myself at the beginning again; it is time to step forward with that one idea that will lead to the journey of writing my third novel.

I’m both excited and apprehensive for this particular journey because while I have plenty of time to plan for NaNoWriMo 2017, I have fewer ideas of where this story should start and where it’s going. As of now there is a cast of characters in my mind and a few situations they find themselves in, but that’s it. 

And that’s okay. One of the most exciting parts of a journey is exploring, and I can’t wait to find what I discover as I wrap up my first series with this third installment. 

How do you approach the start of a new piece? Do you wait until your are brimming with ideas or begin with just a thought or a single scene? Something in between?

– Melinda

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