I’m sure this will sound familiar to many writers out there (timelines are condensed, but you’ll get the idea):
It’s evening, and the time to finally start my first novel has come. I have my new notebook (or blank word document) open before me. I have the proper snacks and drinks on hand, and no one to bother me. It’s time to get to work. Let’s see…well, I guess I need to flesh out my characters. I have a hard boiled warrior, a wise wizard, and a dark lord. And a magic sword. And elves. And armies massing to battle each other. And dragons.
So my story has already fallen into the well trodden tracks of the writer who I admire the most: JRR Tolkien. My draft outline is sounding like a rip off of The Lord of the Rings. But you know what? That’s fine…it’s just a starting point. I’ll make it more original later. Now I need names. You know what a cool name is? Aragorn. And Gandalf. Actually, my names really suck compared to those names. But worry about that later. Get the idea on paper!