Writing is an art, but also a discipline. There is a delicate balance between the planning and preparation that goes into writing, and just sitting down and actually writing. Here are three reasons why your writing might not work out quite the way you planned:
All the planning and preparation in the world can never truly take into account all the turns and twists that might occur when you actually sit down to begin writing. I usually start my writing with an idea, then I flesh that idea out into a premise, and then further develop that premise into an outline. That’s a considerable amount of planning, and yet, it can all change, the moment I sit down to write. When the words are flowing out of my finger tips, and I am living in the moment, inside of the story, ultimately all of the notes I’ve taken, the scenes and plot that I’ve mapped out, are merely suggestions. I’ve found that it is necessary for my best writing, to simply surrender to my process, even if it’s at the expense of my planning.
Characters truly have a life of their own, and once a writer breathes life into their characters, the actions and events that occur, are sometimes beyond the writer’s control. You don’t even have to be a novelist to understand this. Sometimes the character of a piece, or a blog post takes on a new life as you write it, and you end up with a finished piece that differs considerably from the initial outline you started with. Good writers respond to those changes in feeling, and character – it makes for natural and authentic writing.
Good writers are continually evolving and changing. With each word they write, they learn more about themselves and their work, and even their writing process. This means that the way in which ideas are created, writing style and even process are constantly in flux. A story that you started writing at the beginning of the year, may not be the one you finish with at the end of the year, because you are not the same writer, as you were when you began the story.
Does your writing always work out the way you planned? Tell me in the comments below!
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