Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thinking It Out

This is a writing related post that may or may not resonate with you.  Let me know if it does.

Last week, while working on my current novel, a seed of a new plot twist made its way into my work.  I am not the type of writer that "flies by the seat of her pants", nor am I a strict plotter, so this type of situation is not unusual for me.  In fact, this is one of the more thrilling and marvelous parts of my process. The way these reveal themselves to me, is always so unexpected and exciting.  

It also the most worrisome for me.  This is typically when I feel the most vulnerable, because of the thoughts, and double-thoughts I have about whether or not I need to see this new twist through.

So in situations like this, I have learned that it is best to take a brief "thinking it out" break.  Just a couple of days, to see if the seed will take root. 

I am hoping it will.

Tell me writer friends, how to do you work out situations like this?


  1. As you may have guessed, due to our twin genes I am the same type of writer. When this happens, I usually jot down the idea, and where it might take me, then I let it ruminate for a while. If I am still thinking about it a few days later, I flesh it out some more. Those ideas don't work all the time, but sometimes they are magical.

  2. I usually start following the new twist mentally right away, thinking about it to see if scenes and dialogue associated with it will pop into my head. Often it withers by the next day. But if it holds up, I make a copy of my manuscript file, and start making the changes for this new plot twist in the new file. If it works out, that new file becomes my new main working manuscript. If the new plot twist doesn't work, I go back to the other version of the manuscript.


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