One of the commenters here (I'm sorry, I can't find you, but thank you!) referred me to The Secret a couple months back. I never got around to watching it (meant to!), but then I picked up The Secret book.
The Secret, summarized, is that what we think and intend creates our own experience.
What does that have to do with writing?
I've mentioned that lately, it seems like the whole blogosphere has been writing posts for me, on exactly the issues I'm struggling with that day. (I know, of course, that they don't even know I exist, LOL! It's just that uncanny sort of coincidence that makes you start to feel like the world can read your mind.)
For example, I'm struggling with a plot issue in the Big N. I came home from writing and what do you think I found?
Over at Murderati, Paul Guyot talked about his process in tackling his first novel. After a great post, a great discussion in the comments sections ensued, including a fascinating comment by Barry Eisler on his process for his first novel, Rain Fall, and a very helpful one (which I'm going to try in an hour) by Mark Terry.
My process tends to change a bit with each novella. (I just kick out stories. No process in them.) With this novel? I have no idea. I waffle between psyched and terror in the pit of my stomach (I'm not kidding!).
Most of my terror stems from the fear I can't finish it. So I decided to go the intention route: I know my ending, so I'm going to write the ending. After all, if I write the ending, it will make real my intention to finish this thing, right?
I'll just look that fear right in the face and smash it. Maybe then I can write the novel in peace, LOL.
And maybe the universe will lend a helping hand again.
I'm endlessly fascinated with other writers' processes. What are yours? Have you ever tried the 'ending first' method?
(Funny enough, Avery DeBow wrote about endings while I was posting this!)