Before the First Line (ebook)
How to start a novel without fear of abandoning it halfway through
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Imagine starting to write a story, and after the first few chapters, your steam fades. Other ideas pop up, and you are more excited about them than the story you are writing.
So you start to doubt. What if this story I’m writing is a waste of time? What if I never finish it? Should I drop it now and go after a new idea?
And this is when you actually start to write. Not knowing whether you’ll finish a project might be the very reason you never start.
But what if I told you that you don’t need to take up a project blindly?
What if I told you you might indeed know with reasonable certainty that a story has everything it takes to get finished before you even start writing it?
How to start a novel having a good grasp of all these details?
Stories have their strengths and their flaws. We often start writing without thinking about it. But if we take a hard look at it before starting to work on our project, we might save ourselves a lot of false starts and finish almost all the stories we start writing.
In this book, you’ll find all the elements that make up a workable story.
They are not many, but if you can pin them down when you start working on your new project, at the very beginning, before you even write the first line of your story, they will guide you all through the journey to the very end.
Is my idea good enough to carry a story? What characteristics does my protagonist need to lead the plot? Is my antagonist taking the right actions to make the story a page-turner?
While the actual plot will unfold as you write, these few elements, when worked out at the beginning, will give you a good indication that the story is solid enough to be completed. And as a road map, they will point you in the right direction every time you falter.
The writing process is always tough and shaky. Having a roadmap to guide us – especially in moments of doubt or uncertainty – is a huge help, and it may be the difference between finishing the story or abandoning it.
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