Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blocked Beginnings

After I completed a chapter in my novel the other day,  I opened to my outline and reviewed what came next.  Once I worked out all the details, I sat in front of my computer and tried to write.  Unfortunately, despite having all the information in front of me,  I could not figure out how to begin the chapter.  I'd compose a sentence, backspace through it, try again, backspace, try again---Well, you get where I'm coming from, I could not start the paragraph to save my life. 

As I puzzled over this block, it occurred to me that beginnings had been an ongoing problem.  I've devoted days to first paragraphs. They are the most important part of the chapter, draw the readers in and set the tone for what is to come.  Nothing is worse than having to sift through loads of unnecessary exposition just to get to the point.  This said, I want to ensure that my beginning are focused and concise. Unfortunately, achieving this goal is easier said than done. 

Many experts advise writers to push through mental blocks, but each time I've tried, the result is drivel.  I'd rather get it right the first time.  This way I won't have to duplicate effort.  Needless to say, it would be a relief if I could figure out how to overcome my problem.

Do any of you have the answer?  If so, I'd be interested to know what it is.  Are there phases in the writing process that stilt you?  How do you overcome those obstacles?   Until next time, happy writing.