Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Surprise Product! Sometimes we don't know where we're going until we get there.

It's that time of the month again. No, the other one. It's time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group post. Join us in our collective insecurities as we offer advice and release our inner demons here! http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/

I'm always surprising myself with my writing. I never know what I'm going to get. I used to think it was an issue due to lack of experience, thinking if I just outlined heavily enough and followed the right formula I would get out exactly what I set out to create. 


Stephen King's, On Writing is arguably the best book he's ever written. I realized it's ok not to know where you're going before you get there. I love his analogy of excavating an artifact. The stories already there, you just don't know what it is until you start chipping away at it.

I started my master thesis as a mystery novel and through two years of workshop it morphed into an autobiographical fiction.

What are some of your surprise products? Feel free to list them in the comments below. Hope everyone is having a fantastic start to fall! 

10 comments:

  1. The way your last name is pronounced does it rhyme with writer? I just realized it might, haha. I love On Writing as well.

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    1. It does. It's German and actually means equestrian, like horseback rider.

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  2. Well, I guess it's possible that it more than rhymes. It would be a homonym, wouldn't it?

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    1. It would be a homonym if the spelling was the same, so almost!

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  3. I usually plot out my books, but I often change things. However, the end usually is the same. How the characters get there is what changes. But now, with the new book I'm writing, I'm pantsing for the first time. We shall see how this goes. lol

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  4. The sense of discovery is the best thing about writing for me. You never know where it's going to go!

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    1. Agreed, Nick. Even with my intricately mapped out mystery plots I never really know where I'm going to end up.

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  5. I was thinking of On Writing too! I agree, surprise can be essential for a really great story.

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    1. Most of us learn to write by mimicking our idols. I believe work that's unplanned and organic is when we finely find our own voices. The happy accident of pure perseverance.

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