Writing Is Like a Box of Chocolates

22 Jul

You came up with an idea, worked out your plot, detailed your chapters, created character bibles for even the guy without a speaking part, and then used the post it notes to move the characters throughout the plot.

You sit down at the computer, crack your knuckles, and allowing the creativity to flow. Wow, what an experience. The words are flying, the inspiration singing, at this rate you could have this novel done and dusted within a couple of months.

And with that thought you stop dead.

That, what, she,  no he…oh what was I going to say?

You read back what you have written, it’s good, it’s really good, but already you can see that your protagonist has started to show traits that you hadn’t really allowed for. As a result, the plot has twisted somewhat. But that’s OK, if you just make some tweaks…

STOP.

Is this really what you want?

You see, that character you had decided was a milk chocolate fudge; sweet, creamy, desirable, is really a bitter dark chocolate coffee crème.

That would be the diet ruined...

Run with it, take that character to new depths that were beyond your planning. Once they are there in your thought, warts and all, they finally exist, ready to evolve and to take you on a journey. That’s the truth about writing, it is a box of chocolates, you will never know what you’re going to get.

I hear your cries of outrage. Sure, I know that you have to plan. I know what the books say, but really? Take a risk. Hey, don’t just take a risk with your writing, take a risk in life. Follow the little voice and see where it takes you. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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4 Responses to “Writing Is Like a Box of Chocolates”

  1. submeg October 31, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Believable characters far outweigh an over-planned plot.

  2. jamilajamison July 23, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    Yum, now I’m totally craving a box of nuts and chews from See’s!

    This is one reason why I avoid putting too much time and energy into heavily detailed plotting: I know that once I start to write, and once my characters get started, things are going to change. The ability to remain flexible and to abandon an idea or two, is really important. Thanks for this!

  3. Candice L Davis July 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    That’s one of the things I love about writing fiction. Discovering the story and getting to know these characters I thought I’d invented is so much of where I have fun.

  4. blueghoul July 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    That’s actually really great advice and a pretty fantastic metaphor for it, too. Thank you!

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