Reflections on Writing the Beginning Chapter
As a writer of the first chapter of my first fictional novel, I can see the advantage of being excited about the plot. Writing is a lonely self absorbing process; I need an emotional clasp to keep my fingers moving in response to flowing thoughts. In daily life there so many detractions, attractions, and necessities that take place. When an inspiration comes to mind I need to write immediately, so the presence of pen and paper are always necessary for that constant fleeting thought; An idea will fly away in a second, similar to quail exploding at the shadow of a coyote.
–Richard Milleville, a/k/a Duke
What would you like me to write about? What stirs your imagination? What brings you to tears?
I would like to hear from people in far away countries. I would like to see the globe on my screen light up. This would be Christmas for me.
Titles can come from any source even random dictionary words. Just open the dictionary two separate times, pick a word, and you have a title. Try the first lines of a novel for a title. Now you have a new plot.
Issues are something you care about; a moral voice turns into a character with three dimensions. Make it a global issue, chose sides, a good argument for each side, and treat everyone the same. Who would care about each side of the issue? Keep the wind short. You have a new plot.
Noodle a newspaper, if you read them. Internet news comes out first, then the TV news, and finally the news is in the newspaper. Cut out the articles. You may have a plot.
Pick a hot wave before it breaks. Go to a news stand; view specialty magazines. Look into the future. Ask yourself who cares and why? You may have a new plot.
What is the worse thing that could happen? Who would be able to handle this; find that character, make him strong, smart, and…
When you feel the urge, research a subject by reading 100 to 200 books on the topic. Now you have plenty of ideas; if not, find people to interview, and travel to a related place. You may have a new plot.
Write for ten minutes without stopping, expand, and stretch your ideas. It is a great warm up like PT in the morning. You may have a new plot.
Write one line that could scare a person so bad that their hair would turn white. The line gives birth to a story. You may have a new plot.