Before I get to this post I wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I’m hoping to get in some beach time, reading time, critiquing time and of course…SERIOUS WRITING TIME (I love long weekends!)
Now, for the regularly scheduled post…..
The title of this post comes from Stephen Covey, the mastermind behind the 7 Habits series of books. In his books (which all deal with organizational psychology), Mr. Covery states that we need to “begin with then end in mind” in things as diverse as parenting and business ventures. He goes on to say that it is only if we know where we are going that we can know if we’ve ever arrived.
Makes sense to me…So, I thought about its application to writing.
Those of you who know me know that I typically start my WiPs at the end – sketching out a climax long before I figure almost anything else out. In talking with other writers I am finding out that this is not as common as I assumed.
Personally, I start with the end in mind for one simple reason, it is how the story comes to me. This has been true in every creative endeavor I have ever attempted – whether it was dance choreography ( I always “see” the final production and work backwards from there), designing fashion shows, or writing.
The climax of the story is always the first thing I know about the story – playing like a movie in myhead.
That is not to say that I don’t change it once the story is actually written. Typically in changes quiet a bit…
…but the essence of the climax, the first thing that made me aware of the story itself – that remains intact.
So I ask you…how do you start? Are you able to begin with the end in mind?