It's an exhilarating experience for me when I start a new book. Staring at a blank page one, all sorts of possibilities pop into my mind. These people have been living in my head for a while, but I've yet to create them elsewhere. Who are they, what will they do, why are they the way they are? All of these questions have yet to be answered. I love the first part of a new book!
Around page 75 or so, I have a good feel of my characters and the storyline, but it's decision time. Where will I go in my story? There are all sorts of possibilities. But these particular ones often stump me. For some reason, my characters stop talking to me and I'm forced to make decisions for them. I don't know how many times I made decisions they didn't like and I had to go back and change what I had written. If they'd told me in the beginning what they wanted me to do, it would have saved a whole lot of time.
Once my characters are talking to me again, I can usually go fairly fast to the finish. And then I'm done, but it's a first draft. Needs lots of editing, layering, descriptions. Holes have to be plugged, motivations have to be consistent and those pesky eye colors have to stay the same. But it's all a part of the process.
I've heard people say they love the beginning of writing their book, as I do. Others love the end and there are even some who love the middle...wish I was one of those. Still others love the rewriting, adding the textures and layers to give it the depth and stamp of your own voice.
Wha about you? Do you have a favorite part?