Why do we write?
During the long hours of editing, the critiques and rewrites, the formatting and marketing, we might find ourselves asking this… why the hell do we write?
We write for when the Writing Magic happens.
As a planster (a plotter AND a panster) I have an outline divided into chapters, each chapter containing a paragraph or two explaining the events that need to happen in the chapter, and the goals and important events. That’s the sum of my plan when I set out to write a chapter.
I sit at my computer, my plan on the screen, and struggle to find the words to begin. They come grudgingly, haltingly, like a tooth being pulled.
And then… the Writing Magic happens.
The scene suddenly overcomes me. The characters start shouting and doing things all on their own. The plan diverges, tangents, and skews. I watch from above the keyboard as the scene unfolds, its skeleton similar to what I have planned, but its meat and flesh far richer than I could ever have dreamed of planning. My characters stride around their world confident in their place in the scene, commanding and crafting the situation and environment around them. I have no power over them; they clamour and dictate what’s to come next, never dithering and unsure like me. They are supreme in the ownership of their destinies.
I watch the scene almost helpless to direct it until… it’s done. The scene is finished. Never exactly as I’ve planned, but born almost of its own volition.
THAT’S the Writing Magic…
…and THAT’S why I write.
*Note: the concept of panstering and plotting is an intriguing one. I urge you to click the link above and check out what the Story Empire gang has to say on the matter.