Trying to decide a direction to take when writing is for some, difficult. I think for me, it is one of the things that holds me back from the actual process of writing at times. I sit and stew over what to write. How shall I open the story? Sometimes that is already apparent to me while all too often, I have no clue. I have this story idea and what I would like to do with it but that’s as far as it goes. I have all these ideas in my head but when it comes to committing them to the page, my mind goes blank. Frustrating!
Everyone has their own methods for how they write – how they build their story. There really is no right or wrong way. It’s what works for you. What works for you may not work for me and vice versa. Sometimes I like to be surprised by the story. I have no idea what characters will show up until they introduce themselves to me on the page. Other times, I know ahead of time exactly who I want in the story. Funny how that works.
Right now I’m at that point with a new story I’m working on. I have the two main characters figured out and some of the groups I want to include but beyond that, I am still trying to fill the gaps. I have a feeling they will not come to me until I start actually writing. For my other story, I do have the characters mapped out. Most of them came to me before I began the initial write. Now, I just need to sit down and FINISH a novel which is easier said than done – for me at least.
So which way shall I go? I guess the most basic thing to do is to just take that first step and go. Step away from indecision and just let the words fall where they may. See where it takes me, my characters, and my story. That’s the beauty of a writer’s life, really. The directions we can go, the routes we can take, the places we can visit are limitless. We just need to take that first step. And GO.