The beginning – when is it a bad place to start?

twilightminicover 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?


4 responses to “The beginning – when is it a bad place to start?

  1. I know, I know I was watching that same Oprah (we can keep that on the qt) and was moved by exactly the same part. It came to her in a dream! Do you know how many novels I would have done by now if I had the time/energy/whatnot to write down my dreams? I found it v inspirational and motivational, and wonderful that she started at the middle. Who says desert has to follow dinner?Thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Dhana. I love the dream-into-successful-novel saga too. And according to today’s Vancouver Sun her whole vampire thing has created a make-up and clothing style too.

  3. anotheruseforpoppies

    Di d i read correctly that it took her 3 months to write an entire book????

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