And by fiction, I don’t mean the profession of writing fiction. I mean, how do sit down and start writing a story entirely based on your imagination?
I used to Google on how to write a story because I was once obsessed with writing story. My obsession hasn’t died yet. I still fancy writing stories. I just don’t say it because earning livelihood by writing fiction is really not for anyone. I might write stories that will occasionally stand out from the crowd and amuse people in my audience, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll never be able to be a professional fiction writer.
But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to write stories.
I know the usual boring way of pen-and-paper approach to writing stories. The pros recommend to draw characters, how I want to portray them in my stories, how I want them to be in my story, why I want them to include in my scenes etc. One of my books in my childhood had a story on writers. The story read that writing is a hard work. The book read, “You might wonder how writing can be hard since the writers aren’t wrestling with others. But it is actually hard.”
I couldn’t understand how writing can be hard. But it didn’t take me long until I figured out. Blogging, at least for me, is easy as pie. I can get down anytime and write a blog post. But writing fiction, on the other hand, is as hard as it can be for anyone else (except for professionals and born talents).
The hardest part for me in writing a fiction is getting started. The reason I’m writing this blog post tonight is it’s raining outside. In my earlier post, I wrote that it has been raining all day long. It’s almost 4 in the morning and I can still hear the sound of rainfall outside.
People go dreamy and feel romantic when it rains at night. I, on the other hand, feel the urge to write a story. But I always miss a plot.
I’m sure one cannot give you a plot to write on. I’ve written a few stories in Bangla already. All those times, the plots came to my mind out of the blue and I started writing. Those are the ones I was actually able to finish. If I force myself to write, I get stuck half way. So, I don’t.
I was actually wrong to say that I don’t find plots. I have plots. I know what should happen in the story. I know what message I want to send. I can see the whole story (and point) of the story I’m imagining in the back of my head. But I just can’t start. I can’t find what should be the beginning of the story. I know the whole scene, the overview of what I want to write. But I find it absolutely difficult to start writing.
Someone said that some poorly written words are better than an empty page. That inspired me a lot; but doesn’t always help me. And to be honest, since I’m sure I can’t make my living by writing stories, I don’t feel like doing all the hardcore and professional stuff such as drawing a character map and all that. I’ve written some stories and I’ve written them without any plan. They worked great for me. Because I don’t have to sell, right?
The night is almost over and I still don’t feel sleepy. I have this story on my mind. But I just can’t start.
And that’s what I’m asking you. How do you start?
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