So we are now at Day 5 and I need to catch you up on this process:
Day 2: Spends the day writing a sentence.
This is not my idea of fun, but it’s the only way I can think of to start the engine on a new WIP. This is my “elevator pitch” sentence, the one I use when someone asks, “So what’s the book about?” It’s also my light in the tunnel. It guides me from Chapter 1 to *prays and offers incense* The End.
It’s not set in stone, btw, and I often have to go back and tweak it when that pesky character takes a turn I hadn’t expected.
This was the sentence that I kept in front of me while I wrote Sliding on the Edge (SOTE).
A suicidal teenager and her cynical grandmother are strangers when they are thrown together. Each has secrets that stir mutual distrust until saving a doomed horse unites them and gives each a reason to live.
Are any of you starting a new project? Are you going through anything like this process? Do you have some ideas for how to do it differently? Would love to know. All suggestions greatly appreciated.