Contributed by Karen Cioffi
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." ~ Mark Twain
Probably everyone has heard one adage or another about the first step. Well, that first step certainly applies to your writing too.
A desire to write a novel or children story is something, but taking the first step to bringing that desire to fruition is impressive.
Having an idea for a story is something. Taking that first step and bring that idea through to the end of a completed manuscript is impressive.
Here are a couple of tips to get started:
Your idea must be put into writing or a computer file. From there you need to add notes as to what your story will be about. Do you know what the setting will be? Do you have a main character in mind? Will it be a novel? Will it be a children’s middle grade book or possibly a picture book? Do you know how you want the story to start and where you’d like it to end up? Do you know what the conflict will be?
Once you have your notes down, turn them into an outline. You might add character sheets at this point.
Or, if you’re a panster, just get started on the story and watch the characters unveil themselves.
Below are a few other quotes on that first step that I hope will inspire you to get your story started today:
“Without that first step, there is no journey. Without that first step, there can be no creation, no story.”
~ Karen Cioffi
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
~ Chauncey Depew
They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited ‘first chapters’. I have indeed written many. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien
“Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is started, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.
~ Robert Collier
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist.” ~ Zig Ziglar
“Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” ~ Indira Gandhi
So, if you have a desire to write a book or have an idea for a story, get started today – take that first step and bring it to life.
Maybe you have some notes on a story or an outline – take that first step to turn your notes, outline, or even your draft into a complete manuscript.
TAKE THE FIRST STEP TODAY!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen Cioffi is an award-winning children’s author, successful children’s ghostwriter, and online platform instructor with WOW! Women on Writing. Check out her middle-grade book, Walking Through Walls, and her new picture book series, The Adventures of Planetman.