Okay! On to list number two. Let's start at the very beginning. It seems a very good place to start. :)
Top 10 Things I've Learned About Starting
1. There is no wrong place to start
2. Most of the time, the first scene you write, won't end up being the first scene in the book.
3. Every writer has their own method to prepare. Find yours and get to work.
4. Don't stop and rework the beginning, come back to it later.
5. If you do stop, you're likely to get stuck in the dreaded first chapter rut. Move past it and skip ahead. Allow your story to gather some momentum.
6. On a first draft, no momentum is bad momentum.
7. Most problems can be fixed with revisions.
8. Set a writing schedule and stick to it.
9. Motivators (chocolate, positive feedback, your fave t.v. shows, etc.) are there for a reason. Use them to keep you going.
10. Beginnings can suck, but if you keep going you'll eventually hit your stride.
As a person who truly struggles with beginnings, you may notice a theme here... just do it. Starting a new project tomorrow, or next week, or next year won't make it any easier.
Friday's list will be on character development. Stop on by.