A Story’s Birth

First it’s an idea floating around in my head. I visualize the MC and partially see the journey he or she must make. Next I write a back cover description. The blurb will go through many changes but it gets me motivated to write…

With a name like Christian Kale Saintly, you’d expect to find an obedient church going eleven-year-old who has vowed to make the world a better place. Well, the age part is right. He’s been suspended (twice), arrested (big misunderstanding), and featured on every milk cartoon under Run When You See This Kid. But now his globetrotting mother has signed him up for the Big Brother’s program. His ‘Big’ arrives one day and what happens over the next 6 weeks is a lesson neither C.K. nor his Big Brother ever expected.

Satisfied for now with the description, the time has come to write the first page, maybe as much as the first chapter. Once complete I go back and outline the rest of the chapters. After tussling with the story arc, I buckle down and fill the pages with words. I’m at this point now with my third MG novel tentatively called BIG AND LITTLE. My first two stories are peacefully making the rounds with final critiques and contests before sending them out to agents. I need to be writing something new all the time. It gives my older pieces time to rest.

I know other writers could never operate like this, but I’m fine with that. We each have to find a good fit for what works best for us. Time frame? I should have the first draft completed by the fourth of July. Then I can begin #4 which is already appearing in my imagination. Writing is a wonderful journey.

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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1 Response to A Story’s Birth

  1. It’s always interesting to hear about other writer’s processes. Thanks for an interesting post.

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