When Starting Your Book?

Discussion in 'Indie Writing, Publishing & Marketing Discussion' started by jedi79, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. jedi79

    jedi79 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2012
    Messages:
    321
    Likes Received:
    51
    When you start out with an idea for a new book, which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
     
    #1
  2. Samantha Fury

    Samantha Fury Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Messages:
    539
    Likes Received:
    47
    Great question. I'm blessed that I dream up a lot of my stories so they really come to me in little mini movies. I might not have names or a full plot but it's enough to get me started. When I first wake up I try to grasp as much of the dream as I can and I even will take notes or do an outline.

    The Street Justice Series came from a dream well book one, then book two came from just old fashioned thinking, planning and outlining. For those kind of books, that don't start from a dream, normally I start with a Character, then what is that character doing, and then I move from there.

    Samantha Fury
     
    #2
  3. Jesterhawk

    Jesterhawk New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Messages:
    132
    Likes Received:
    36
    I would have to say that in most cases for me the concept of the novel comes first.

    For example:
    However that is not a hard and fast rule. I have another fictional story outline that is based on David that I got when i was actually praying on something in the David story. As I did, I became more and more involved in the character of David and then the concept for the fictional story hit me and I have outlines for that.

    I am realizing that while I writing this that I have tons of story outlines ready to be fully written when I get the story I am on done :)

    JH
     
    #3
    Samantha Fury likes this.
  4. Michael J Scott

    Michael J Scott New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Messages:
    242
    Likes Received:
    53
    Always the idea. The characters just seem to show up where I need them, and derive their quirks from whatever happens to suit the story.
     
    #4