I have always loved the idea that
our characters can lead us places we never expected a story to go.
If you’ve never experienced this in your writing
then I urge you to give yourself the freedom
I’m a planner and yet this and other discoveries about my writing
happen all the time.
It could be as simple as learning that the handbag my main character
has in the last scene actually being present in the first scene…
and what’s inside that borrowed bag is even more interesting!
The guy she crushed on in training camp turns out
to have a thing for participating in Fight Clubs… and he’s a police officer!
I didn’t need to know these things when I made my
overriding plan for this book and
these nuances, these discoveries get me excited about
learning more about this world and these people.
A word of advice,
if you’ve never let yourself experience this form of wonder in your own writing
consider that you might just be over-planning
or placing too much trust in your foreknowledge of that world…
Surprises are exciting
at times a bit scary…
Give yourself a shock sometime – it makes for more dynamic writing 🙂
What big or small discoveries have you made in your writing recently?