Now most of you know that I write by the seat of my pants. I’m extremely right brained, creativity runs amok through just about everything I do, and so when I come to a point in a story where it becomes predictable or my imagination seems to run dry, I panic.
It wasn’t until I started on The Secret of the Keepers that I envied writers that took a more pragmatic approach. The standard three act outline, graphically organized characters and settings, already written out expressions/reactions to plug into a scene … I just couldn’t see myself engaging in such left-brained antics, and yet, it’s times like these that I wish I would.
I’ll let you in on a little secret … I’m afraid to try it. What if I lose the creative drive that’s gotten me this far? What if I plot the thing out and it turns out predictable and shallow? What if I’m trying to fit a square peg into a round hole?
So I’ll stick to my guns, meander for a few thousand words in pointless conversation until someone says something that sparks the next surprise, and voila! We’re off to the races.
I’ve allowed myself at least a 50,000-word leeway to cut from the manuscript. There is a freedom in the first draft that gives me permission to participate in such rants. Initial creation is freeing, is it not?
Even though some would view this as wasted time, it works for me. I realize it’s not exactly an orthodox practice and so I’m taking some suggestions. How do you go about getting unstuck?