From WORD PAINTING by Rebecca McClanahan:
When Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim was asked about his creative process, he replied, "If you asked me to write a love song tonight, I’d have a lot of trouble. But if you tell me to write a love song about a girl with a red dress who goes into a bar and is on her fifth martini and is falling off her chair, that’s a lot easier, and it makes me free to say anything I want." As we’ve already noted, it’s hard to write effectively about a large abstract subject – grief or anger or love – without first "sweating the small stuff."
I’ve come to the realization that I need to sweat the small stuff
a bit more before continuing to draft my new project.
I don’t know enough truths about the characters and their lives.
So it’s off to my notebook for further discovery . . .
I’m curious about the rest of you:
how do you know when you know enough about your story to begin writing?