Sometimes to know where to start, it helps to look at the end.
My first book is coming out this Friday and although the story is told in chronological order, it didn’t start out that way.
When I began writing Sidewalk Flower, the first scene that came to me was gut wrenching and dark. It was so powerful and for a long time, I thought because of that, it had to be the book’s opening. My thinking was that with such a powerful opening scene, it would be hard to put down. In the business, it was the hook I was sure I needed.
Then I learned from a Savvy Authors Editpalooza workshop that sometimes it’s best to let the scenes happen organically. That way the reader has a chance to build up to that powerful event and experience it as it was meant to happen.
Once I let go of the place I’d originally envisioned for that knock-out scene in Sidewalk Flower and put it where it belonged in the time line, I realized it was absolutely the way things were meant to be.
But, I also learned that by writing that last scene first, it allowed me to get to know my characters more deeply and the rest of the story as well. I believe it was one of the biggest strengths of writing my first book that would become published. Knowing where I was going because I’d already been to the end. So I don’t believe I would change the order in which I wrote the story.
I just finished re-watching one of my favorite movies, Neo Ned, starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union. (I love the tag line: Love is not a Race) Continue reading