Joel's Journal - January 9, 2018 - Volume 3 - Entry #9
They walk on their own, they talk on their own, they seemingly do whatever they please, and quite frankly, that’s exactly what you want.
It’s the reason why I sit down at the computer in the morning with absolutely no plan, no plot map, no notes, absolutely nothing in the way of where the story is going to go that morning.
Each morning, it’s both unnerving and extremely exciting, but it’s that combination that allows for pure, organic creation.
Now, I know that sounds kitschy, almost cliche in this day of bullshit organic food and other nonsense, but this is something really real.
It was around 5:45 this morning when I stopped, sipped my coffee and leaned back against the pillows to reread what had just flowed from my fingertips and transpired.
It all kind of started to sink in, whether it was the cozy bed, the hot coffee or just the early hours, but my mind started to drift, and I marvelled at how far my story had come.
Seriously, the only thing I have in the way of plans are a few scattered “comments” on the side of my electronic manuscript. There’s no plan, no pre-determined story line, nothing. It all started with a simple image that I couldn’t get out of my head, I wrote that scene, and now it’s blossomed into a 60,000-plus word story.
Honestly, it’s what makes writing so amazing. There’s obviously conscious thought involved as I put things into words that eventually flow through my fingers, but at times it feels like I’m almost transcribing something that is already there.
I think Stephen King has the best analogy for this, and it kind of speaks to my growing belief that these stories are already there, buried inside your head, it’s just a matter of finding and pulling them out.
For King, he likens writing to uncovering a fossil, or a dinosaur skeleton, the bigger the story, the bigger the excavation. I know that King doesn’t plot his stories either, maybe only a little, while some other writers will have every aspect of the story diligently laid out.
I’m not a fan of that approach, for the same reason I’m not a big fan of making a list of questions for an interview, those tools can actually get in the way, blocking the organic flow of things (there I go using that word again).
I don’t know, it was just a really cool moment, perhaps some other writers out there can relate.
Thanks for reading!