I just watched an interview with Stephenie (yes, that’s how she spells it) Meyer, the author of the wildly successful Twilight series. Okay, it was on Oprah.
I was particularly intrigued by one thing she said. Apparently the series was inspired by a dream she had about a vampire who was in love with a young girl . The following day she wrote about her dream. That became Chapter 13 . She built the book around that story and three months later her novel was complete.
I love the idea of starting with your point of inspiration, not necessarily at the beginning. How many times have you stared at a blank screen, trying for the right opening?
If Stephenie had sat down to write Twilight at Chapter One the series may never have happened. Then what would all those teenage girls read?