As a writer, I begin each project with a clear vision in mind. My current W.I.P. began with a concept; I wanted to explore a contemporary issue, and have designed my novel around that topic. My knowledge of the characters, setting, and plot line was limited. It took months of researching and experimenting before the story unfolded. Throughout the creative process, the story has taken many twists and turns. Characters have been scrapped; chapters have been rewritten. But, the vision I had in the beginning is still alive today.
I started this project in hopes of producing an engaging story to teach a topic I am most passionate about. If readers walk away with an understanding of the protagonist's perspective - if they are able to empathize with his situation and use their new knowledge to reflect and evaluate their own decisions - then I have done my job. This book is being written to spread awareness - to get people talking about a contemporary issue that continues to plague teenagers around the globe. And because the problem continues to grow and adapt with cultural changes, there is a need for new literature that takes the latest trends into consideration.
There are numerous visions that bring writers to begin a project. Where some of us begin with a character, others begin with an idea or topic they wish to explore. I know writers who begin with a title, and others who begin with that first sentence. Some of us even sit before a blank page and wait to see where the words take us.
Where have some of your visions began?