Developing a Story
I tend to write by the seat of my pants. I don’t normally outline, plot out paths, or otherwise think ahead when I write something. Case in point, this blog post. I really should have planned out my topics beforehand, but I thought it’d be easy. Wrong! Oh, so wrong!
So my topic for today is developing a story. Yes, boring. My current project, which is still in its infancy and vomit stages has already been through several transformations. At first, I thought my Main Character (MC) would be a woman in her 20s, going to college, and trying to find herself when she finds out her whole life was a lie. After writing/vomiting about 10k words, I realized that it wasn’t as interesting as if she were still in high school, going to a new school for the umpteenth time… Or is it?
Then, I decided that the seat of my pants were not as great as I first thought. I needed a plan. A vague road map to know what I wanted to hit while on the journey.. Tourist spots, as it were. So, I began plotting and striking through ideas and plot points.. I still don’t think I have an inciting incident that would propel the MC forward. .. But I feel like I’m close. .. I have the ending in mind, which I suppose is half the battle.
This is usually when I stop writing.. My inner critic starts to take it all apart… And pulls on threads so things unravel quickly. I hate my inner critic. But despite all of the negativity, I continue. .at least for a little while. (My inner critic can be bribed with cookies. )
Hopefully, I can continue to write this story and finish it. Then rewrite and finish that, too. I hear a writer can have as many as 5 drafts…before being anywhere close to being done. I just hope I can get it done in s reasonable amount of time.