Writing is, by necessity, a profession of emotions. Emotions are at the heart of character, and character is at the heart of story. And at the heart of the human brain is a quirk that by describing a feeling, you invoke it in yourself. So, there’s no part of writing a novel that is not going to put the writer on an emotional roller coaster. And people wonder why we tend to drink so much…
But there are other ways that the work itself gets emotionally involving. One comes at the very beginning. There is a moment when that first scene, that first bit of dialogue or description just sort of…shows up. Of course, it doesn’t come from nowhere. It’s the result of a long process of mental and emotional synthesis that’s been going on, partly in the conscious mind, partly in the unconscious. But there does come this one moment when your whole brain gets together and says “Yes, this. This is it. This is my way into this story, this world, the home of these particular people.”
It’s going to change, of course. It might be a dead end, but it is the way in and from there you can explore, you can follow your nose and your mental guides.
It is the beginning, and it feels great.