Finding your way through a story is like having a big flashlight with a little beam. You’re hoping to find something, but the small beam doesn’t allow you to search a wide area. So you’re stuck searching with this big flashlight. Hoping you see what you need but know you might not.
I started work on a new project. I mentioned it last week, and it was fun, but there were times I felt the flashlight wasn’t in my hands.
It’s frustrating, and I kept thinking I should move on to another story. But I loved the fear it created in my mind as I wrote, which kept me going.
I wanted to know what happened to the characters. I worried about them. And although some writers say writing is like playing God, to me it’s more like being a harbinger of Fate.
One thing leads to another. I worry about whether the characters will live or die, but as a pantser I don’t have that control, the story does.
I’ve written all different ways, but discovery, or pantsing, works best for the way my brain works.
Not sure why it’s that way, but it is.
Anyway, I finished it yesterday. It was over 5k but needed a different pace than the 86k fantasy novel I finished in December.
Either way, I finished another story.
But I hope you’re having a good day and meeting your writing goals.