In my view, stories and novels consist of three parts: narration, which moves the story from point A to point B and finally to point Z; description, which creates a sensory reality for the reader; and dialogue, which brings characters to life through their speech.Stephen King, On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft
A friend asked me this today. Here is my response:
The best advice I can give you is to get started.
Don’t even finish reading this email. Open a Word doc or grab a piece of paper and write. When you get blocked or afraid or the stupid-critical voice pops up in your head, give the world the middle finger and write at the top of every page THIS IS ONLY A DRAFT AND IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN PERFECT SO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LET ME WRITE!
Don’t worry about starting at the beginning.
Don’t worry about not knowing the ending.
Don’t worry about figuring out the middle.
Write down everything you can see and/or hear/taste/smell/feel in your head. WRITE IT DOWN.
You will go back and figure it all out and fix it later. That’s called revision. It is a bit hellish, but it’s not as hard as the first draft because nothing is as hard as a first draft.
Why are you still reading this email?
WRITE THAT STUFF DOWN, BUDDY!