Saturday, June 03, 2006

Can't say I didn't try

There are various and sundry methodologies of bookwriting. About a year and a half ago, I tried putting my story in block form. That's right. I PLOTTED out the entire book. Anybody need a medic? *laughing*

Then I pulled back away from that one and just wrote what came to me. But lately, I've been thinking about the forgotten manuscript. Here, I had an entire story to work with. And it's a SERIES! Wasn't that grand?
Um...not really.
Because I started writing. And even as I looked at the blocks and where the story was going, it took a turn. Okay, not a turn. More like a completely different direction. So many ideas have come to me since starting it that I'm only going to use my blocks for the broadest of outlines. I've got the same characters, but WHOO! They've seriously changed most of my story. See how they do me?
So I've decided to let things run their course. Because it's an entirely different story now.
I tried the other way. But I've learned to let the story come instead of forcing it.
My people are happy. I'm happy.
Now. If that dang shapeshifter would quit trying to take things over.


Jodie said...

That's the way. Though frustrating at times, the characters at the end know what's best for them. You go!

Olga said...

I do some plotting, but I noticed if I do it too much, writing becomes boring. I really don't want to know beforehead everything that will happen in the book - I like to be taken by surprise!

Tori Lennox said...

Well, you already know my relationship with plotting. Or the lack thereof. *g*

And you've got to keep your eye on thos shapeshifters ALL the time! They are sneaky!