by Elle Cyre
Many thoughts on how writing has influenced my life.
|Have you ever re-read something that you've written and said 'wow, that's pretty good'?
Yeah, me neither.
Actually, I surprise myself sometimes. Sometimes. I cringe when I read my early drafts. It's funny how crazy young writers are with drama, action and violence. I've even noticed that pattern reading other authors' earlier works. I guess as you get older and more experienced in writing, your work mellows a bit and is more authentic and real.
I'm not much for planning out a book. I'm bad at making outlines; or when I do, I'm really bad at following them. (Maybe that is why I've never finished anything that I've started! ) I always have a general idea of where I want the story to go and the individual scenes and I know the end result but when my creative juices are following and my fingers are going, I never know where I will end up. Ideas pop into my head; spur-of-the-moment conversations; bad puns or lame jokes; plot twists and new characters appear that never existed before.
I enjoy that the most about writing. Whenever a crazy idea occurs I have to decide whether to run with it or ignore it. It can set me back while I figure out a backstory for a new character or a reason for the sudden plot twist, but in general it adds to the plot. If I followed my 'plan' I might actually finish the story but what fun would that be?
I have to laugh to myself when someone reads my work and goes 'oh, wow, I never saw that coming' because in reality, neither did I.