Lady Macbeth

7 tips: 1: Start at the heart

Start from the heart of the story

Many writers will tell you that the beginning of a book is the trickiest part of a book to write. There is so much in your head that there is a danger of faffing around trying to explain too much.  So why not make it easy on yourself and start writing at the most exciting part of
the story. You can always ‘flash back’ to the start later. In fact the chances that you’ll need to rework the beginning anyway. A bit of digging around on the internet suggests that everyone writes their book in order. Some of us like to write Chapter 5 and then Chapter 14 – and assemble it all later. Hilary Mantel (author of Wolf Hall) is a famous example. This can be a good idea (as long as you’ve got some kind of plan). So why not give it a go? Zoom forward to the most exciting part of your book and start writing from the heart of the story.

Lady Macbeth