You have to start before you can go on.

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I made a discovery.

Jane Friedman’s blog (janefriedman.com) is magical to me. There is so much information on there that fascinates me. This article, in particular, caught my eye today.

Your Novel’s First Scene: How to Start Right

https://janefriedman.com/your-first-scene/

Reading through it, I felt that thrill. You know what I mean. The thrill of finding the missing piece. The joy of an epiphany.

It isn’t what you think.

The article starts with clear examples of what to do. I found myself vibrating with anticipation. Yay! THIS will be the article that keeps me from screwing up from the get-go.

I read through the examples and nodded, smug about the secrets I was learning. Yes, that makes sense. Absolutely, Paula. Preach it!

I read Paula’s superstar advice about editing. What she wrote makes absolute and total sense – one of those pieces of advice that suddenly puts the world back into alignment. Oh, that’s genius. Totally going to do that.

I got up and looked for the tools I would need to follow her advice, then it hit me.

I CAN’T EDIT WHAT I HAVEN’T WRITTEN.

The thought smacked me upside the head so heard it made me dizzy. I haven’t actually written anything to edit in over a year. I have a piece of a novel, part of a short story, and a few writing prompts saved in a folder on my computer that hasn’t been accessed since 2015.

I am so afraid of failure that I haven’t even started.

Instead, I’ve been spending tons of money on e-courses, self-help books, copywriting classes, even a subscription to a site that will let you design your own book cover.

I’ve read thousands of pages of advice and instruction. I’ll start writing when I finish my e-courses. Or when I finish reading this how-to book. I still don’t know enough. Maybe I’ll start after this article. Or that awesome blog.

From what I’ve read, this phenomenon is common.

Analysis paralysis.

I have done everything except start writing. I made a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a Tumblr, and started this blog. I’ve designed headers and logos and created my brand.

I signed up for a course on writing, one on deconstructing popular bestsellers, one on grammar, yadda yadda, ad infinitum.

I’ve lost count of the email lists I belong to.

All of it is a distraction. A way to avoid doing what I’m most insecure about.

Writing.

It stops today.

Story Structure Case Study of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” — Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

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The beginning of my writing journey

I’m so excited, y’all.

I’m really doing it! 

“You can fix anything but a blank page.”
― Nora Roberts

Books have been a part of my life from the beginning. Some of my earliest memories are of Mama reading to us kids. My family had a set of the 1977 version of Walt Disney Parade Favorites.images She would let me and my brother take turns choosing the story.

I liked to hop around and hear a new one every night, but my brother only wanted to hear the one about the bird saving her babies from the mill wheel.

We learned to read from a stack of stories from The Little Golden Book series and from those Disney volumes.

I used to lie awake at night and write stories in my head about my favorite characters. I was usually the brave heroine who saved the day. When I was a little older, I would tell myself about the adventures of characters I saw on TV. As an adult, I would rewrite my day at work and make it turn out much better. There were usually dragons and chomping involved. I’ve always kept those stories to myself, whether from insecurity or jealousy, I really don’t know. Maybe both.

Now, though, I am ready to share those stories.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
― Lao Tzu

Let me introduce myself.

My name is Sami, and I am a bookaholic.

I’m that kid that stole her parents’ books and hid them under the mattress. Under the cover of my blanket, flashlight pressed tightly between ear and shoulder, I would read away the night.

Some nights I scared myself silly. Others, I found true friendship. Sometimes I traveled in strange lands where dragons and elves lived.

When I got a little older, I fell in love time after time.

My strongest wish is to bring that sense of wonder into my writing. I want you to feel the joy and the magic of a well-told story.