When I’m writing, the pen is akin to a compass, and the paper a vast expansive land to explore. When I think of it like that, it turns my writing process into more of a journey. And similar to a journey, there are a myriad of twists and turns that a story can take. However, this leads to an overwhelming feeling for writers like myself. When I have an idea for a story, there’s a certain way that I want it to go. When my initial idea doesn’t pan out, I feel stressed and often lose faith in the prospect of actually finishing the work at hand. So what can one do when in this position?
For one, I try to accept the changes that are being made in the story. These changes can help with a stagnant story. I know that I’ve had times where my story won’t move for months at a time. This is something that is currently happening with me. But, I know that this stems from an unwillingness to embrace these changes, which I used to take as an affront to my creative vision. But I recently, as in a few days ago, have tried to embrace the changes that have been sprouting up in my story. In accepting these changes, my story had progressed better than it had been.
Embracing the directions that a story can go is a positive thing, but it is important to not lose yourself in it. The directions are an amendment of sorts. I don’t want to lose the heart of my original story while exploring the possibilities.
In the end, it’s up to the writer to determine what the best course of action is for their story. This is just what has worked for me personally. I hope this helps someone who reads it!