Writing – The Scenes List: Getting Started

Getting started writing - with your outline and scenes list ready to rock, you'll know exactly what to write next.

GETTING STARTED WITH your first draft is – of course – the goal of all the work we’ve done before. By carefully considering our central idea and premise, then creating a strong structure for the narrative, we can easily divide the story into individual scenes – allowing us to “choose what to write next”.

We already know it all fits together – so you can pick whichever scene excites you most on a particular day and know exactly how it leads in to the rest of your story.

Once you get started, you’ll find the words flow much easier – helping you hit those word goals and get that first draft written in record time.

Of course – sometimes life gets in the way. And I’ll deal with that in the next video…


  1. Morgan says:

    Interesting that you got a slow start – I usually end up with the opposite. The first couple of days are a good 2.5-3k words and then is slows down from there.

  2. Wendy says:

    “First 1,500 words are hardest”? Heck, I write2-3K while I’m still figuring out if I have the potential for a book. My problem is losing steam after 10-13K. They “key scenes” are so strong, I just don’t want to slog through all the necessary slower-pace stuff. (That, or I get fork-in-the-road freeze and end up spinning my wheels about which way the story needs to go.)

  3. Verne says:

    Hi Nick. Welcome back to reality! With Scifi being somewhat abstract Perhaps a more realistic Genre is in order for your next writing attempt. Give it a bit of thought.

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