One of the most common questions I get from fiction writers is, “Where do I begin?”
The writer is overwhelmed, feeling lost, and maybe very frustrated.
They have a story in them, but nowhere to put it.
Coupled with this overwhelm is the confusion about all the ways to write stories — story maps and structures galore.
I too had this confusion and overwhelm until I figured out — through lots of writing different kinds of ways and different kinds of stories — that every story has an inherent structure.
Since I’m an intuitive writer, I had thought story should just come to me, but I had to learn the tools of the trade to finally grok structure. …
One of the hardest things for me to know is what I really think and feel.
Not because I just don’t know.
But because I think and feel so much and I’ve learned much of it doesn’t originate from me, with me.
Sound weird? Good.
No, all right, I’ll drop my defenses a bit.
I’m so used to being misunderstood. By that I mean, I have experiences I have no reference points for, so no words for, so it’s hard to talk about them, put words to them.
Is that because the words don’t exist? No.
It’s because, as I said, I have no frame of reference. …
This is one of my favorite lines from Serenity, Joss Whedon’s film that followed his TV show, Firefly. (Browncoats unite!)
This is said by the Hoban “Wash” Washburne, the pilot, as he’s faced with slipping through enemy lines.
For me, Wash is talking about facing your fear and acting anyway.
… about knowing your goal, as clearly and as specifically as you can.
… about taking action and trusting yourself.
… about being wholly in the moment — come what may.
I’m not necessarily talking about bold actions. …