Hello SErs. Harmony here. Happy Friday 🙂 Before I get to today’s question, I want to tell you a joke (yeah, sorry about this) …
A guy brings a squirrel into a bar and sets the cage down.
The bartender says, ‘What’s that?’
‘A mystery writer.’
‘What? That looks like a squirrel.’
‘Yeah,’ the guys says, ‘he’s a squirrel and he writes mysteries.’
The bartender shakes his head. ‘How can a squirrel write a mystery?’
The guy says, ‘Easy, he starts at the end and works his way back.’
Okay, so right about now, you’re probably shaking your head and wondering which asylum they’re gonna put me in. …
This comes from the final chapter of ‘The Last Fifty Pages’ by James Scott Bell, whose book I showcased back in April (which you can find HERE). And the [ahem] great joke(!) does have a point to it … If a squirrel can do it, you can. James Scott Bell tells us the wisdom lies in knowing the end before you start writing.
Which leads us to today’s question:
Where do you start writing your book?
- The Beginning
- The Middle
- The End
So far, I’ve only ever written a novel from the beginning. And I often don’t know the end until I get there. Various schools of thought abound on this subject. Some say my method is fine. Others would disagree vehemently. Yet more would dictate that you always start your book in the middle.
Do you vary your starting place? Or are you a stickler for a certain method? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend, everyone 🙂