Yesterday I had one of ‘those’ days. My head was full of ideas and my family was not being cooperative in letting me get a moment to write them down. Usually when this happens I’ll grind my teeth and sigh and just continue with my domestic life. However yesterday my brain just WOULDN’T STOP.
What did I do? I fired up the computer, brought up a new page and left it up. When a moment appeared I’d run, sit, type furiously, save and then back to dealing with housework and kids. I didn’t open up my WIP (work in progress). There was no point, as I certainly couldn’t sit and think and allow words to flow.
Sometimes you have to take what you can get. So you’re wondering what did I create? By the end of the day I got about 3000 words. Not all connected, but disjointed partial scenes and dialogues. Pretty much it is a mess.
So you’re wondering why I bothered? I am (luckily for me) able to write in circles, or backwards, or anywhere in between. When a story forms in my mind it replays over and over and over… slowly growing. Due to this I can write chapter 5 before chapter 2. I actually do this quite often, as I’m a very emotional person, and this shows in my writing. I can’t write a sad scene if I’m not feeling sad. Or I should say, I can write it, but if I’m feeling down the writing is BETTER. So sometimes the words and feeling for a scene will come to me before I’ve gotten to that part, and I’ll write it down. I’ll get to that point eventually, and will then incorporate, adding or changing things if necessary so that the story flows.
Does anyone else write like this? Or do you plan out your stories in advance and write from point A to point B? Or perhaps you don’t plan at all.. but just let the story write itself? Would love to hear how you do it, or any little tricks you’d like to share!