Hello and welcome back to my blog.
I got the idea for this post by reading this article.
The days the words flow are the days that all of us writers live for. At least when it comes to our writing. Especially those of us who have full time jobs while working on our stories. The days they don’t flow as much, well, you still have to put in the time.
It helps to get more of those word flowing days by having a set schedule for times when you write. Don’t wait for inspiration to hit – it won’t. It’s a truism that can’t be ignored – success is as Thomas Edison said 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.
Another way to get more of those word flowing days is to plan or at least have some sort of idea as to where you want the story to head. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a rigid outline. Your outline can be flexible as you need it to be. Pantsters might consider this heresy but that’s what works for me.
I plan where I want my stories to go – I write out some scenes or scene ideas and that way I know, or have some general idea as to how I want a story to end up at each turn.
I hasten to add though that this is what works for me.
I find it also helps to begin with the end in mind. Having some sort of idea with what I want to accomplish helps me to know how to get there. It’s basically like having a road map. When you go to travel somewhere and you don’t know where exactly the location is or the best route to get there would you drive blindly throughout your city? You might eventually get there but not without a lot of frustration and a lot of money spent on gas.
It’s the same thing with writing a story, at least for me. I know how I want a story to end so I pick out scenes to help me get there.
Anyway, make it a great day.