Hello! I'm new, my name's Baz. First of all I apologize for any grammatical mistakes this post might have, since English isn't my first language ^^U. So, I have wanted to be a writer ever since I was little. I have only written short stories, poems and poetic prose so far, but I have never dared to write a long story out of fear of the commitment that this implies. Now the thing is, I've had this story in mind for about five years. I have written a few scenes and key plot points and spent all this time developing the characters, their individual stories and relationships, and thinking about what message I want to convey to the story in general. I think I have achieved very complex characters that could do for an entertaining coming of age story, with hints of surrealism, romance, suspense, and a dubious narrator; some of the stuff I personally adore reading. ^^ This is a great project that means a lot to me and I would like to do the story in my head justice, and so when I finally thought I was ready to start writing, I found myself... lost. I don't know how to put all the work I have made in notes and doodles and mind maps into words. I know what's gonna happen and how I want it to happen, but... I can't bring myself to write in order; I lack a beginning and chapters that would be in between my important scenes, if that makes sense. It's like I'm missing some puzzle pieces that seem less important but that I still need in order to get the full picture. I suspect that my problems connecting the scenes and key points that I have written stem from the fact that I have always written short stories that go straight to the point. Writing a novel means getting completely out of my comfort zone. So I wanted to ask for tips on how do you start writing long projects, connecting your important scenes with each other, balancing the story pacing so that it doesn't end up being rushed or too boring... That kind of stuff. Thank you in advance!