When I write I wonder where everything comes from.
I’ve used beat sheets, outlines, and done discovery writing. My current project is at 52k after 29 days and all discovery written.
When the words come out, there are times I wonder where they come from. I finish my writing for the day, go back and read some of it and think, “that came from my brain, how?”
This little thing keeps me writing. I write not only because I love it but I’m often curious how the words will come out.
I think about times when I struggle to get the words and whether they’d be different if I hadn’t been struggling. I think of all the times I didn’t write and what I missed out on.
That last part is my major motivator.
What story was I not creating when I wasn’t writing? What worlds weren’t explored? What people did I not bring to life? These things keep me up at night more than the current draft.
I hope I’m not the only who thinks this way. I wonder what other writers are working on or whether some of my favorite books would be different if certain authors had written them earlier in the day or later.
Whether accidents they had or family issues they’ve dealt with changed the story because they were away from the page.
I write to find out these things. If I’d written longer today, what would be different from what I write tomorrow? What changes to the story would I have made and would they be good?
Without a time machine, there’s no way to discover these things.
I write because I like to wonder about how the story would turn out differently, how I would turn out differently.
If I had continued to write in my teens, would I be published today?
I know its not good to dwell on the past, but these things pop up when I work.
Mostly I think about the stories and how I create them. Where all of these characters come from and how I let them run the story.
When a character takes over a section of the story I feel like I’ve succeeded for the day. It’s happened a lot in the current project. I’ve never written as fast as I am currently. I know where the story ends, I know how, but getting there is fun as hell. I’m enjoying the process more than I have since the last book.
I’m working on my seventh book. I have one queried and another in revisions with my writing group. I submitted a short story last night and I’ll be working on others in the next couple of weeks.
My kids are back in school next week and I’m looking forward to all of us returning to our schedules, but most of all I’m looking forward to seeing where all of my stories go.