It’s happened once; it’s happened twice; it has and will happen many, many more times. One of the greatest things about writing is that, sometimes, it’s not the writer who is even writing the story, but the story itself that seems to be driving the writer and his or her creativity to create some that is equal parts theirs.
What am I talking about? Oh, I’m sure you know. It’s that moment when you’re starting to feel like you’re writing yourself into a corner, or worried about a particular detail, or wondering how in the world you’re going to get something to happen right, but you’re trying to be good, you’re trying to be diligent, and so you keep forging ahead. You can change it later, you just need to get past this hump. Then, all of a sudden, out of no where, you find yourself writing the character doing something you didn’t expect or plan, but it fits in perfectly. You get a spark of an idea on how to weave the detail you like into the story so that you can actually show it, rather than telling. The prose works itself into a way to seamlessly shift the gears in the way you were struggling to make natural and unforced.
To me, these are some of the greatest moments of writing. And they happened to me twice yesterday. I know I mentioned yesterday about how I was getting stuck on whether explaining a detail was too much; turns out, throughout the day, I thought of a handful of other ways to weave the detail into the story, so that instead of just dropping off the information and moving on, it’ll surface here and there and lead into it so that a clever reader may figure out early on that Locke can’t read, while a not-as-clever reader will still get many more chances to notice it. I don’t know why I love the fact that one of my heroes has difficulty reading, but I do. The other example came in the form of an absolutely brilliant line that not only gives the reader important information about where Locke and Gilferen are from, but gave me the perfect opportunity to bring in the character that was making me wonder, “Now, how am I getting him into this scene now?”
I find it fascinating how writing will work like that. Often, it doesn’t. You’ll put something down and have to polish it over and over and over again until it works, but sometimes, yeah, everything just fits in right. I love it.
What are some of your best or favourite moments when you were in a writing pickle and then, all of a sudden, the writing conundrum just seemed to clear itself up just because you stuck with it and forged on ahead?
Also, I figured out how to get a Subscribe button on this new layout, which was good, because I didn’t want to change it. It’s all the way at the bottom, though, but it’s better than nothing. Next challenge is to figure out Blogroll. Slowly, but surely!