People ask me about the “odd” way a story grows for me because there is no right or wrong way to it. Most people think you have to start on page one… In the beginning…and all that.
I start wherever the scene in my head starts.
That is to say, if the idea that buzzes about is actually the ending, then that is where I start writing. I add on either side as I can and sometimes jump to a completely different part, again because that is what wants my attention. During the entire time that I’m jumping around in the story, I also edit as I write. Still, it feels like the editing process never ends. I can attest to that. Even books that are already published refuse to leave that process.
The main thing I’m finding important is, I must enjoy the process or no one enjoys the book. And what is the point in that? I write for me and for others to enjoy the voices that won’t leave me alone.
Suzette Vaughn is the author of “Mortals, Gods, and a Muse” and “Badeaux Knights”