Monday, 7 September 2009

Resisting the Temptation

While attempting to plan my re-vamped fantasy WIP, there are several places where I don’t know what will happen. I know what the main themes of the story are. I know how the story ends. I know all the stuff the hero has to face. I know what the villain wants. But what I don’t know is the middle bit. I don’t know how the villain and the hero are going to collide over and over again, before they can get to the final conflict. That is obviously a huge issue. Today, for several minutes, I was tempted to just start writing. I thought I should just start the draft and see what happens. I even wrote first few sentences. After a short while, I deleted them, because that attitude is precisely what made a mess of previous WIPs. If I don’t have the answers now, I am not miraculously going to have them later on. Well okay, I may have some answers later on, but that could be achieved BEFORE starting the draft with some patience. Alas, patience and I have quite a frosty relationship. But I am resisting, because I know it is purely impatience that’s pushing me. The answers to those questions will come, but sometimes it just takes time. Not all ideas are ready at moment’s notice. I need to give them time to stew. So as impatient as I am, I will give it some more time, and keep brain-storming. I don’t need to have every little detail planned out in advance, but I at least want to be able to have major points outlined before I start writing the first draft. That may mean that I won’t complete this draft in time to start a NaNo draft, but I will have to cross that bridge when I come to it. It may also cause bit of a trouble with my 30K word target this month, but hopefully, I shall find something else to write. With this story though, I am going to be patient, and I am going to try writing it in a different manner than what I have done so far. This method may or may not work, but only by trying different ways I can figure out what works best for me.


  1. Another thing you could try is just planning out the first few scenes (5 or so). Then start writing. When you get to the 3rd scene, plan out the next 5 should have enough information by then to go farther than you did before. That's what I've been doing - planning a few scenes ahead so that I don't have the whole thing planned out, but enough that things don't come unraveled without my knowing about it first. Or I hope that's how it's working, anyways. We'll see, I guess.

    Good luck either way - patience isn't my strong suit either. ;-)

  2. It's funny, what you're trying not to do (write before you've planned) is exactly what I AM doing. ;-)

    I have several blank spots in my plan that are giving me a headache. Personally, I find writing helps immensely. Granted, it sometimes takes me off on wild tangents, but I enjoy that. I always come out with ideas. :)

    Just goes to show that what works for one person may not work for another.


  3. Jamie,
    Thank you. I don't think planning and writing at the same time would work for me though. Because as I change the plan, I will probably want to go back and edit things that don't fit the plan, or I would be too annoyed knowing what I wrote a week ago is all wrong. :P LOL..yes, I have got too many issues.

    Writing before planning is the method I have used so far, and each of the drafts that I have finished, I find myself making major changes. So this time, I am merely going to try to plan before writing. I may revert to old ways if this doesn't work, but I just want to give it a proper shot, if it makes the first draft more solid.

    I find ideas do come from brain-storming, but it needs time for the whole picture to fall in place. Even after my frustrated post, yesterday, the villain changed - and is now much better. So I must let the story take its course in my head I suppose. *SIGH* (HATE WAITING)