Messy Creativity

After yesterday’s writing like crazy session, I walked away preoccupied by the random messiness. It’s like, I’m baking a cake and have some of the ingredients, but I’m not sure which ones I have, and what else is needed.

Or, it’s like debugging code without knowing where you’re at in the program.

It’s like walking through a strange room in the dark with little idea about which way to go.

Yes, I’m a pantser when it comes to writing. I’m an organic writer. Unscripted, or semi-scripted. I suppose the outlining writing tribes would tell me, “Outlining can solve your problems.”

That’s perhaps true, but I like my messy creative process. It’s fun to be surprised by a scene’s direction. I have no doubt that writers that outline will say, “Having an outline doesn’t mean that you can’t be surprised by what you write and how a scene turns out.”

Okay, you have me there. I just like the messy process. That’s one possibility. The second is that I’m not patient enough to write an outline. I become too impatient. Likewise, perhaps I’m too undisciplined to use an outline. More likely, it’s all of these things. But I believe that after trying to write outlines first, and suffering, I just stumbled on this messy process, and find it works. In the end, what works is what matters.

Got my coffee. Time to write like crazy, at least one more time.


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  1. In an essay — or maybe an interview — somewhere (my memory isn’t what it used to be, and alas, the first solution that comes to mind isn’t an option for a mere human šŸ™‚ ), an author we both like commented that the expression “writing organically” made him think of something with mould growing on it… (Personally, I think he was at least partly a pantser, because otherwise he’d have known the motivation of one of his more famous protagonists from the beginning, instead of having to stop in the middle of writing what turned out to be the second book in the series to ask, “Wait — why are waging this war against your own home kingdom?”)

    A common bit of writing advice is that the writer shouldn’t tell anyone about a work-on-progress. Once you tell someone, the thought is, you lose your motivation to actually write out the stuff you talked about. While I don’t necessarily agree with that (the “process” is different for everyone, and I think every writer — every creative person of any sort — should follow whatever process works best for them, and besides, my clone and I get all our best ideas while talking to each other about the stories), I have a problem with outlining my own writing for this very reason. For me, writing an outline takes away a lot of the motivation for writing the story itself, as if I’ve already written it, so now there’s no point in writing it again. (I’m sure plotters would insist I’m just making excuses. On the other hand, I do “plan” a lot in my head before every putting words on the page, and many writers also insist that we’re all either purely a pantster or purely a plotter, and hybrids are not allowed to exist. Bah!)

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    1. I enjoyed your comments, Thomas. I only tell a few trusted and tested souls about what I’m writing. Too many others either jump to their conclusions about what should happen, or they present EGO – eyes glazing over – disinterest. EGO, when encountered, depresses me, diminishes my motivation, and curtails my determination. So I avoid sharing, except for those few. They are only given limited spoonfuls.

      Besides this, I often have generic ideas of what’s going to happen, and a large part of the beauty of a novel is the words found to express what’s happening. Telling it deprives them of reading my found words.

      I also plan a lot in my head. Reading about the process for you and your twin was enjoyable. Learning how others write and accepting that we follow individual paths is fun. I like that statement about the motivation and the sense of writing it again. After reading it, I recognize that I think the same.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers

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