We have many candidates. Gathering ideas. Outlining. Drafting. Revising. Editing. Submitting. Or simply getting started, particularly the first sentence. As a writer by a hobby, a profession or a virtue, we have different experiences in the torture of writing process. But of all the hardest part about writing, first sentence is ought to be in the first place, at least in my case. It is not the second sentence, the third or the last. It is not the second body paragraph or the concluding paragraph. It will always be the first sentence. The problem is not what we’ll be writing but rather how will we start it.
Before I mislead you, I am not offering any help or ideas on how to get by this condition or dilemma. (But I certainly need one.) When I open my laptop’s lid and plunge into a word processor, I am faced with a blank document for a half an hour and is subject to extension or lesser if I ever get tempted to watch videos. Or worst: I never get to start anything at all. At that moment, there are many things in my mind. Many but none of deemed worthy to be the first sentence. I wrote the first sentence of the first paragraph of this post after my fourth revision, luckily.
There ought to be some sort of explanation for this phenomenon. Seriously, scientist should study and invest their time on this field study. They can save billions of wasted hours. Plus, any one can benefit. Do other people took pill, utter a mantra, do a ceremony before they write? How do they write the first sentence like that?
Brainstorming or Freewriting are no help. They are effective in getting ideas but no near on pushing you to write the first sentence. Writing process are futile. It feels like a large tube full of ideas gets clogged through a cloth and the cloth is no near in your conscious reach. It will always be beyond the reach. Ideas just hit you without the effort for looking for them.
However, once I get started writing the first sentence all the other sentences follows. It is like they are playing Follow the leader. Sometimes there are many of them that I can’t stop writing. Even though I get to start the later sentences or the other paragraphs first, I feel anxious and disturbed unless I write the first sentence.
Candidates are now sitting in front of their ballots, waiting for your votes. What’s yours?