In writing a story, how does a writer stay on track? It can be so easy to lose focus. It’s maddening, especially when there’s so much pressure to produce something nearing perfection.
In going to schools, I tend to get this question or something like it rather often. So I’ll share my process here and, hopefully, it will be helpful to at least some of you.
Many writers will outline their stories, describing in a chronological format what will happen in each section of a story. This boiler-plate style to planning can help ensure you get to the end of your book. Unfortunately, creativity can be a casualty.
Other writers will just write whatever comes to mind and proceed from one inspiration to the next. In my opinion, this form of writing is akin to jumping into the ocean and attempting to swim across all in one go. Unless you’re a really strong swimmer, you’re highly unlikely to get to the other side. Certain, you keep your creativity, but you often drown in it and the story ends up becoming lost.
My process is something in the middle of these two approaches. (more…)