How do you start a book? Do you begin with sentences and paragraphs and let the book creatively flow and grow? Do you pre-write with basic ideas about characters, setting, and plot? Do you outline the plot flow of the entire novel before writing anything? As a novice writer, hearing others tell "how I write" stories is fascinating. And needed. And compelling.
When I teach students about writing, I tell them pre-writing in some form is necessary in the writing process. So, writers, take me on your pre-writing journey. What does it look like? How detailed do you go? How do you know when it's time to write? Tell me your before-I-write-the-story story.
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