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I have this plan for a novel. I know, I'm insane. And so far I really like the prologue. But I'm having trouble starting the actual meat of the thing. I have written a few things about the characters and mapped out many of the scenes. But it feels like time to get started, and I'm scared.

Poems don't seem as hard somehow, because I know they're going to be shitty to start with, and I'm used to playing with them until they take shape. (And sometimes they just don't, and that's okay too. They're like a small freestanding sculpture that I just keep working with my hands.)

But this prose thing...I'm afraid to start because there are so many words and I know I'm going to start with the wrong ones. I'm sure that as I keep going I'll find a groove. But starting still seems crucial, like if I start at the wrong place, in the wrong way, it's going to mess the whole thing up.

One thought I had is to just start writing character sketches, and then I can use what I like from those to introduce the character, and it kind of puts a buffer between the shitty first draft and the rest of the work as a whole.


Thoughts? Advice?

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