How do you go about beginning a new piece of writing?
Some authors have very particular rituals and ceremonies. Isabel Allende for instance always begins her books on January 8th. She has done this since 1981 when she received a phone call to let her know that her grandfather was dying. The letter she wrote to him that day became her first novel, The House Of Spirits. "It was such a lucky book from the very beginning, that I kept that date to start."
This is what she has to say about her process -
"That day, January 8th, which is a sacred day for me, I come to my office very early in the morning, alone. I light some candles for the spirits and the muses. I meditate for a while. I always have fresh flowers and incense. And I open myself completely to this experience that begins in that moment. I never know exactly what I'm going to write. I may have finished a book months before and may have been planning something, but it has happened already twice that when I sit down at the computer and turn it on, another thing comes out. It is as if I was pregnant with something, an elephant's pregnancy, something that has been there for a very long time, growing, and then when I am able to relax completely and open myself to the writing, then the real book comes out. I try to write the first sentence in a state of trance, as if somebody else was writing it through me. That first sentence usually determines the whole book. It's a door that opens into an unknown territory that I have to explore with my characters. And slowly as I write, the story seems to unfold itself, in spite of me. It just happens."
How do you begin a new project? With flowers and incense or just a new e drive and a whiskey?
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