Writing: The Development of Mukaan

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” – Beatrix Potter

I read this quote and found it interesting because when I wrote my first book, I really didn’t flesh out the story.  When I began my story, I had a general idea of what I wanted to write about. I knew it was going to be about a young man who was destined to accomplish something great; to save his people from a catastrophe. How he was going to do that, I had no idea. I didn’t know what obstacles he was going to face, or what supporting characters he was going to meet and I only had a vague idea of how the book was going to end.

The creativity of my story happened each night when I would sit at my computer. I would reread what I wrote during my previous writing sessions and after reading what I had written, I would continue the story. Some days I wrote a single paragraph and other days I wrote three or four. This continued until I finished the book. I didn’t have an outline, but as I wrote, the story seemed to compose itself. It was a fun feeling…I was discovering the story and experiencing the adventure as I wrote it.

After writing the story of Mukaan, it was neat to see how subconsciously certain hidden “gems” were interwoven throughout the book; symbolism and foreshadowing that I hadn’t intentionally inserted into Mukaan’s adventure. I think this happened because of the time I had invested in researching the culture of the Maya people – I read and studied them for over a year before I put pen to paper, and I believe that knowledge was still fresh in my mind when I began writing which allowed me to add these aspects to the story.

Of course, the book still had a few areas that needed fine tuning but I felt the book pretty much wrote itself. It was as if Mukaan and the characters in the story had a life of their own and I was the instrument they used to tell their tale.

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” – Beatrix Potter

What about you? Does this quote signify the way you write, or is your method of writing different? I would love to hear your thoughts on the writing process you use when creating a new story.

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