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Okay ... still thinking about Stephen King's book ON WRITING. And still getting back into the groove of writing a first draft. I've been revising two other manuscripts for SO LONG, I felt like I'd forgotten how to write a first draft!
I had this BIG plan of plotting out my story, because that's what great books on the craft of writing suggest as the RIGHT process for writing. But it seemed so overwhelming ... I had trouble starting.
Then I read King's book, and he suggests, "... put a group of characters (perhaps a pair; perhaps even just one) in some sort of predicament and then watch them try to work themselves free" (page 161).
That one line gave me the freedom to sit down and just start writing. YAY! But then I hit a road block ... I had questions about the characters ... questions about the path they were taking ... questions about who was the REAL bad guy going to be ... questions about motivations and solutions ... ACK!
So I grabbed Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT! book and roughed out a sketch of my story using his "Beat Sheet."
Fresh breath! Now I have a rough idea of how the who are going to do the what and the why and when in my story. It's not plotted out precisely, but I now I know which general route I'm taking to reach my destination. A little bit of Snyder's process plus a little bit of King's process plus a WHOLE lotta my process = pure writing bliss.
And I think the most important writing tip from King's book is:
"The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better" (page 274).