Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Writing: Allowing Growth
When writing I will often have an idea of the character I want to write about. But a funny thing will happen...as I write that character will sometimes change. The more I learn about them and the more the story comes together a different character will emerge than I had originally intended.
The same can be said for plots and story-lines. You'll start with and idea of how it will all play out; but then as the story unfolds it all changes. You come to the proverbial fork in the road. Where depending on what you do, it could change the whole outcome of the story or end result.
Don't be afraid to allow your characters to grow. It's perfectly okay to go back and re-write a section that will make your writing so much better! It's also okay to take a chance and take a different route.
It can be a lot of work and challenging to keep everything lining up the way you want to see your story turn out. But remember, just as you will grow during your writing, you will also get to learn a lot about your characters or topic you're writing about.
When the plot changes or story-line shifts, be okay with it. Obviously it's changing for a reason and that could be because you're growing as your write your story.
Now there could be the time where the story has so many changes you have to sit back and determine what is really happening. What do you want to happen? And how can you make it happen?
Taking the time to evaluate can be a good thing and sometimes taking a break is all that is needed to get a clearer picture. Just don't take too long!
Remember, you are a writer and writers while they work hard are rewarded with wonderful adventures and the ability to share that with someone is priceless!