So, here we get into debate territory. Popular opinion rules that there are many ways to start a novel. And that’s absolutely true. The following are only a few examples of the different options available:
1. You could start at the beginning, end, or middle of your story (if you already have a rough idea) note down key events and work out what setting, characters, etc. you need later.
2. You could start with a character profile (not even necessarily the protagonist) and then work the story/ setting out from there.
3. You could decide just to write random scenes and discover the story, setting, characters, etc. as you write.
I have tried all of these approaches (and a few others) and none of them have worked for me. The only method that has so far proven successful is a brainstorm of notes where I don’t need to worry about any of the above options.
Try it: start a document and note down whatever comes into your head – be it character traits, descriptions, a part of a scene, a short speech, notes about the world/ setting, or anything else you can possibly imagine. You might be surprised how much of the word-vomit will later jog your brain about pretty much any aspect of your novel. Even a picture can work!
See ya next time. 😉
If you have tested any of these (or the many other) methods to write a novel, share your experience in the comments. We are all learning!