Wow, guys. I loved reading your insights. And how many of us get frustrated and angry when we can’t write? It really is an imperative. And so many of you mentioned that there are always new ideas rolling in, which is great. And the final insight, perseverance and patience. I agree, you have to have both in this game.
Thank you so much for playing.
Today I just want a quick word about freewriting. I’m sure most of you have heard of this, but I just want to reiterate how handy this trick is, if you are struggling. Which I have been, thanks to my traitorous body and work.
So yesterday I sat down and freewrote. The first story failed at 400 words – not enough conflict. So then I threw more words at the page and let them morph into another story. That failed after 1000 words – not enough meat! But then I sat down and wrote a third story, and it turned into something complex and odd and not at all consciously formed.
All up yesterday I wrote over 5,000 words, though I only kept 3,800. All because I sat down and let myself just write. I worked out the kinks with those opening stories, even though they sputtered and died. But by the third story my engine was running full throttle, and the story just wrote itself.
Never be afraid to write and discard. Sometimes you need to warm up the brain first, so that something wonderful can come out.
Do you freewrite? Have you ever used it as a tool to warm up before writing? Are you afraid to write throwaway words?