If only it was that easy.
The thing is, though, this isn't really about finding it difficult to start writing a book. I've started writing enough books (and finished sadly not enough, but that's another entry) to know a few things about it. First, once I get a sentence or two rolling, I can keep going, so it's all about figuring out what that opening sentence should say. Second, odds are good I'll rewrite at least the first chapter, so it might not matter much anyway. Third, I'll know by the end of the first page if I've picked the right music for the book.
But like I said, this entry isn't about that. It's about wondering whether or not I should start soon, due to what might or might not happen.
Here's the thing: I'm looking to quit my job here and move to Seattle. I have family and friends there, and it's a beautiful place, especially from thousands of feet up - I was last there in 2009, when one of my best friends from college and I went skydiving to celebrate our 30th birthdays. Finding a new job and moving has been one of my goals for a while now, and while the job hunt has proved fruitless so far, I'm keeping at it, because... Let's just say I'm done here and leave it at that.
And now I'm asking myself this: should I start writing a new book when I might have to move in the middle of it?
I've written books where I had to deal with disruptions in my daily writing before, but I'd like to avoid that if I can. I've moved enough to know it's kind of an arduous process, and I know it'll interrupt everything even after I've arrived. I also know trying to write while I'm on the road will be problematic, because I have a very small backup computer and I don't relish the idea of trying to type a novel on keys the size of chiclets.
Yes, I know writing by hand is an option too. But this is more about when to start. I think things would go better if I waited until I was in a new place (on several levels) before starting, but I have no way to know when that could be. I could hear back from a job I've applied to tomorrow, or it might not be for months. But hey, at least now I get to deal with a different kind of writing uncertainty. Lovely.
Of the two books I'm plotting, one is just about ready to go, the other still needs serious work, so I still have plenty to keep me occupied, not that that's ever an issue. So. This is me asking for advice. When do y'all think would be a better time to start, and why?
Next entry: now that I've talked about starts, I'll discuss endings, and the rare circumstance where I think the writer owes something to the reader.