I wrote a thousand words this morning, the start of a new short, Grampy’s Dance.
It’s something new for me. Old fashioned science fiction, with a starship filled with colonists bound for another world. I’m pleased with what I got down so far.
Most often, I start with a title or an image or an idea and I write from there, shaping and reworking as I move forward and the story is revealed to me. On this one, I tried plotting an outline.
For writers who are big outline freaks, what I have probably looks like scribble on a greasy napkin, but it is so much more than I usually start with.
I have a beginning point, with fleshed-out characters and a chain of events along the plotline. Most importantly, I have an end.
Jack Leggett, an old copy desk editor that was a mentor to me when I was working as a newspaper reporter, used to say, “If you got a start and a finish, you got a story. All the rest is detail.”
We’ll see. When I get a bit more written, I’ll give you a sneak.