Summertime. The days are long and lovely, and the grill is fired up.
But what’s that? You say the time has come, at last, to write your novel. You’ve got a story. You want to tell it. You just have one question: how, in the name of all that’s sane and just, do you begin?
Good question. And you’re in luck. Best-selling novelist Michelle Richmond addresses this very thing in a recent blog post. I’m always happy to plug Michelle, because she runs the small press that published my debut a few years back, and because she’s a super helpful and compassionate human being. She’s also a true friend to writers, whatever their career stage.
A snippet from Michelle on diving into the novel waters:
“Get past thinking, ‘I’m writing a novel.’ Instead, tell yourself, ‘I’m writing a few words today’ or ‘I’m writing a piece of my novel today.’ Writing a novel is a daunting challenge and a major, time-consuming endeavor. Looking from the starting line to the finish line, miles away, can be mentally paralyzing. The only way to start your novel without psyching yourself out is to break it up into small, daily tasks. Approach each day as a mini-project, not a major project. The mini-project is your scene, your chapter, or your page for that day.” Read the rest.
Good luck, friends, and be gentle with yourself. You’re embarking on a courageous journey.