Welcome back to day three of my 31 Days of Free Writes on Writing series! <<<That link will take you directly to the Table of Contents for this series, so make sure to check it often for updates, I need readers to hold me accountable to my goals j/k, sort of. Make sure to check out the other bloggers participating, at the bottom of this page on the Five Minute Friday website, and go to the Five Minute Friday homepage to see Kate’s personal posts on 31 days as a Christian Writer, one I’m particularly interested in.
The easiest part of writing a work of fiction, for me, is the fledgling story idea. Typically it starts with one or two characters and a one sentence plot outline. In those moments, it is so easy to create. Create characters from nothing, carefully molding and shaping them into something. Create drama and conflict, histories and futures. Even create places, things, and events all so my characters can have rich, full, and relatable scenes.
Creating is the easy part, it sucks me in, and gets me all excited for a project, the first several chapters just flow from my fingertips. If the whole process was as easy, for me, and enjoyable as those first few days and weeks immersed in an idea, then I’d be an accomplished writer by now. I’d have several completed, though not necessarily published, works on my shelf. But crafting a full length novel is very time consuming, ideas that it can be done in a month build pressure, and motivation can be fleeting. The thing is though, is that things that are worthwhile aren’t always easy, the true work sets in after the initial creative phase, it still involves creativity and can hold moments of total glee, but it’s hidden behind word counts and conflict.
What is your favorite thing to create? In writing or else wise?