Tuesday, November 1, 2011
In Praise of Spontaneity
In a former life my spices were alphabetized, my books were arranged according to the Library of Congress classification, and my schedule was as finely tuned as Paul McCartney's guitar.
Then I had kids. Oh, wait, this is supposed to be a post about writing.
Only I can't separate the two.
God has called me to write, but before that he's called me to be a wife and mom. So how do I shift gears from D'Nealian handwriting to actually setting the example myself by sitting down with pen and paper?
This writer is addicted to plotting. Yes, I admit it. My sweet husband shelled out for some software to organize your plot down to every jot and tittle. And I love using it. I spent many, many hours plotting my novel.
Then my characters began to develop. My word count was not matching up to what I had anticipated. And those evolving characters just didn't want to behave.
Because quite frankly, my characters are smarter than I am...so I just allowed them to take over.
Honestly, my writing time is quite limited these days and I prefer to spend all of it writing. Because if you're not having fun, why bother?
I have been enjoying my writing in a new way since I've allowed spontaneity.
Have your characters ever taken your plot in a direction you didn't expect?