Well back to that short story I worked on. I completed it in two days and funny thing is, it ended up with a different twist than I expected. I had this vision, this plan with this story and kind of knew where I wanted it to end up. On the first day I ended with 500 words and then on the second day that's where my twist came in. All of a sudden I had this desire to cause something terrible happen to my main character. I didn't see that coming from the start but when I started thinking about it I liked it. And sure enough I allowed it to happen. In my opinion I say follow the flow. Writing a plan down or an outline is not a bad idea. In fact, it's probably the wisest and safest thing to do. It keeps you accountable and on track, but if a change arises and you happen to like it, go for it. Don't stop just because you have something different written down, another intention. Sometimes the best stories come from a spur of a moment, an epiphany. Don't block that sensation. My advice: always keep an open mind when writing. You don't know where your characters might take you. Sometimes they decide to do this major turn but it can end up being the best.
So word of advice for the rest of your writing week: KEEP AN OPEN MIND.
And as always, write. Write what comes to mind. Here are a few tips for you to put to practice and remember:
- Where are you going with this?
- Who are the characters?
- Did you establish a hook that pulls your readers?
- Can your readers relate to your characters/setting/images?
- How intense and realistic is the conflict?
- Remember, you're in show business--show, don't tell!
- Are you moved emotionally?--if you're moved, most likely your readers will relate
Tell me what you're working on this week!