Follow Your Hero

To be honest, when I first sat in front of a blank document, I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I had minimal thought of what I was going to write. That very first journey was a wild one. A vague idea of who the main characters were deemed to be and the place where the story would evolve was all I had. No storyline, no antagonists at that point, no conflict…

In other words, writing it was as much of an adventure to me, as it was to my novel heroes. It was a rollercoaster ride. And never in my wildest dreams did I picture them turning out to be witches and warlocks. They did! And I had to follow them to the end.

The chapters I wrote were leading nowhere fast enough, and I was bored with myself.

I actually made a plan later, but it just didn’t click. It was missing something crucial, and I had no idea what it was. The chapters I wrote were leading nowhere fast enough, and I was bored with myself. So, I abandoned the draft and began writing a different story.

Then, one morning, I had a bingo moment, and a week later had about 40K word count for the second part of the story.

The only problem was – I had to fix a lot of what I had already written and delete thousands of words. This is precisely what I did for my very first NaNoWriMo this year – rewriting the first part of the story.

After one year – it actually feels right. Now, I only need to kick myself to really finish it so I could self-publish. Why I want to go self-publishing way, is a different topic for future 🙂

I go where the story takes me, even if the plan I had prepared in advance tells me to go the opposite direction. 

I know, it may seem like a waste of time what I did with this very first novel, but I am not a planner. I go where the story takes me, even if the plan I had prepared in advance tells me to go the opposite direction.

Besides, I did not sit and contemplate my options. I actually wrote another five stories during this year. The problem is – now I have to edit them, then edit them better, and then send them to somebody who could edit them again 🙂 But my fears of somebody reading my work are also a different topic.

To sum things up, every story I wrote after the first one, had a plan, even a detailed one at times. It was supposed to be more comfortable and more organised way of writing, but by the time I would reach the breaking point, I would recognise I was unable to follow the plan if the main actors of the story did not agree with it.

If the plan you prepare works out flawlessly – congratulations, you knew what you and your heroes wanted from the very beginning.

But, if your heroes decide to take the lead and go opposite direction – follow them. Let them tell you their story, and write it down.

I promise it will be worth it.