It is no secret that writing is hard work, especially when you want to be published. It is the pre-writing that is particularly hard for me, since I just want to write the story that is in me. I think God is a good example to use, since he never does anything without thinking it out thoroughly. If he just winged it all the time, then we would be in so much trouble. He always has plans. He always has reasons. Because of that, I know I need to have them for my characters as well. I need to have the story figured out from start to finish before I start bringing it to life. It’s easier said than done, but I am determined. Resolve face. I am gonna do this.
So, I am going to take a week… It may not be this week, because I got some other stuff to work on, but the week after looks great. Pre-writing is just organizing my ideas, right? And I can do that, no problem. I never really liked to make outlines in school, because back then, it seemed to me a waste of time. I thought my energy would be better off directed at the actual writing part than planning. I was wrong. Planning is important. It saves time and frustration, even though the planning itself may be frustrating. In the end, though, it will be worth it, when I finally have a whole draft of a novel.
I am passionate about the story in me. It won’t be my own story – not yet, anyway. I don’t think I am ready to write about that in fiction anyway. The fun part about being a fiction writer is that I get to ask “What if” questions. What if this happens and what if that happens? We get to play around with the story, fitting the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle. Some pieces won’t fit and will have to be discarded, and that is okay. As long as I’m writing, and trying, really trying, I know I will get to where I am going.