The most difficult part of my writing process is right at the beginning.
Actually, that’s a lie.
Right at the beginning a lot goes on between my ears… Characters tell me funny one-liners, plots start to unfurl into the hazy distance and I get a very rough (and I mean ‘waking up the morning after a hen night’ rough) idea what the book is going to be about.
It’s the angle into the whole story that proves difficult for me, and I procastinate like mad to avoid deciding on a starting point.
But why is it so hard?
I, like all writers, was a reader first. This makes me acutely aware that if my latest offering is worthy enough to be published,then the whole book will likely be judged on the first few paragraphs.
So… no pressure then.
Last night I set a reminder on my phone for this morning.
It said: ‘Start writing book.’
So I did as I was told, and plunged into chapter one.