This post is slightly different to the others that I’ve blessed you all with so far, for this time… this time I’m asking you a question.
I want to know your process, your style… what makes you tick. I want to really get up inside your noggin and poke around until you forcibly cast me out.
But why, King Wrecket? Why would you stoop so low as to listen to the word of the common man?
Good question peasant! Although the answer is simple. A King needs to understand his people, truly know the pagan ways of the common folk. Otherwise what sort of ruler would I be!
Well, there’s that and the “self-improvement” nonsense that people flap their tongues continuously about. You know, all that listening to those that know what they’re talking about rubbish.
Well, anyway moving on. To clarify what I’m asking is simple. I want to know how you write. Literally from start to finish. Are you a planner? one of those boring types that plan each and every minute detail down to the amount of golden leaves on the tree of life that grows outside the hero’s window… Or are you a fan of Chaos? The type the surprises themselves each time they put pen to paper, the story seemingly writing itself before your very eyes. The best kind obviously.
Not that I’m biased or anything of course… even though I myself am very much a fan of chaos. Always have been, I mean really, ask my girlfriend. What she calls a hideous messy bombsite, I call an organised mess where I know the exact location of every single thing in the room. Before I forgot them all.
If I’m honest, I’m always a little surprised when I read back what I’ve written, to the extent that it’s almost like telling myself the story. I have no idea what’s going to happen next until it’s actually down on the page before me… I even remember one time getting so pissed off with myself for killing one of my favourite characters off, I refused to talk to myself for a week.
In all seriousness, I am aware that there is a name for this style of writing. Although for the life of me, I cannot remember what the hell it even is. All I can remember is some of the greats, including George R.R Martin himself, personally employs this writing style.
Again, returning to opinion, which admittedly is the opinion of an unpublished author (although said unpublished author is also the King of Wrecketoria). I believe that by writing without the cage and barriers of a plan; completely lets loose the floods of creativity. Just picture your painstakingly created outline as a hideous dam of rotten driftwood crisscrossing the channel that your liquid creativity uses to transverse the metaphorical pathways from mind to fingertips. Now see what you’ve done? Never again will your creativity seep from fingertip to page.
I actually read an article recently about how not outlining your novel is better, which personally I wholeheartedly agree with (although if you haven’t worked that out by this point, you should probably give up on your novel writing endeavour altogether as you appear to be one brain cell short of a marshmallow.). Even better was the finishing line of the article:
Your only task is to create. The less you know before you start, the more you stand to uncover as you write.
I mean damn… That’s the shit right there.
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Of course this is only my opinion… let me know what you think!