What is the most difficult or challenging part of the writing process for you?
I have to laugh at myself. Obviously, as I'm writing this post a day later than I was suppose to, one of the most challenging parts of the writing process for me is time management.
Time management really doesn't fall under the writing process though, so I'll pick another.
I'm trying to start a new book right now and having a lot of difficulty. It's hard to choose just one part of the process that stands out as the most difficult. I'm odd about opening lines, names and titles. I have a terrible time really getting into a character if I can't name them. I have a terrible time starting that first page without an amazing, catchy, opening line... And I absolutely get hung up on having just the perfect title for these perfect people and amazing story that I'm going to pull together.
Funny thing is, none of these people are going to be that amazing story I want to write if I don't get over all those little things that don't matter so much.
Titles are going to change. Names will probably go through some changes as well and I can say without much doubt at all that opening lines are going to be edited and beginnings moved around.
So why do we as writers sweat all the small stuff? We have ideas in our heads that need to come out, stories that need to be told. My new goal for this new book is to just write it. If I don't, will any of the rest of it really ever matter?