All right! This is the most exciting part for me. You know that there is a story just below the surface of your mind and it is about to spill out on the page in a furry of ink, emotion and thought. To be honest, the best way to get going, which can some times be the hardest part of writing a story, is to take one step at a time.

First ask yourself why are you writing this story. What message do you want to send out into the world? When I come to an answer for this question I then take a page out of the journalistís book, I ask myself six questions. Who, what, where, when, why, and how are a good place to start. try and have an answer for most of them and it will help to move you along in your writing. You do not have to have an answer for all of them at once, remember some of those questions can be answered as your story takes shape.

Think back to when you were a child playing with your toys. Was it hard to bring those play things to life? Did you strain your eyes as you watched them come to life in your imagination? No, most certainly not. The act of playing is something that is invaluable for inventing new ideas. Try to imagine your characters having as much life as you once imagined your toys having. Watch as your character goes through lifeís little challenges and daily interactions with others. Listen to what they say to each other and themselves. Learn from their past actions as to what they might do, and how they will react, to unforeseen events you will create for them as they journey through your narrative to its end. Know that there is no wrong way to go about it. Writing is an intensely personal experience and there is no one that knows you better than yourself. Trust your desires and challenge yourself to create a whole world of possibility for your narrative.

I want to impart to you the excitement that can be had in the act of writing. This excitement can be a source of strength that help to carry you through the writing process until you feel satisfied enough to name your story completed.