My writing has been on hold while I try to untangle the vast reserves of ideas I have. I needed to put everything in place for this story, because it’s been years since I worked on it, and despite knowing the general plot, I never came up with too many specifics. Ahh, the days of literally making it up as I went.
I have been sorting and compiling ideas for a couple of weeks now. It feels like forever, and I’m an impatient sort. I’d prefer to be writing than planning and plotting, but I can recognise that one must come before the other. Little ideas, big ideas, strange notions that don’t seem to fit into this story have all been running through my head. For a while there, I intentionally avoided even thinking of any of it, because I was getting so frustrated at how none of it was slotting together nicely.
Then yesterday, it clicked. The parts fell into place. Even the weird things that I didn’t think were relevant to this story had a specific and important role to play.
I don’t know how any of this works. It’s some kind of function my brain has had for as long as I can remember. I could attribute it to a wild imagination or half a lifetime of practice in writing, but that doesn’t encompass the fullness of how stories sometimes just “work”. After all that struggling with ideas, after all those days of just giving up trying to put the crazy jigsaw together myself, I can finally see the full picture and why those ideas were connected at all.
Does this mean I’m back into writing immediately? Not quite. I can see it all, but I still need a little time to percolate this as a whole. I’ll probably start by putting down a plot outline with all the major and minor events I’ve already decided on. From there, I think I will be able to fashion something like a story out of it. I have a pretty great feeling about this work. This is going to be fun.
4 thoughts on “When suddenly, it all makes sense”
It’s so exciting to start a new WIP, isn’t it? I’m in the same place, and filled with both enthusiasim and uncertainty.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I definitely swing between, “THIS IS AWESOME!” and, “Oh man, why did I ever decide to do this?” every time I work on a book. XD
I know exactly what you mean! It’s great when the pieces fall into place! I always attribute it to my brain working on things in the background…. that even when I’m not writing, I’m writing.
100% true. Much like dreaming seems to clear the mind the debris, leaving stories alone let’s the subconscious work through all that business that the logical mind sometimes cannot fathom. 😀
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