I always think I know where my book is going. While writing An Accidental Awakening, I even tried to plan its route, particularly the ending. That doesn’t work when your book has a mind of its own.
I’m writing the 3rd in the Awakening series. Most of it has been written for over a year. I couldn’t get my head around it though. I kept trying to decide its direction but it never worked. So I let it sit. 30,000 words written and sittin’.
Now and then, I’d think of returning to it, but still there was no clear insight as to its path forward. And then, a year later, it would tap me on the shoulder during meditation or while driving. It would whisper inspiration into my ear. I’d jot down a paragraph here and an idea there. The more I listened, the more it revealed. Soon, I was writing entire scenes.
“Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.”Octavia E. Butler
Now, the road ahead is displayed before me. Nothing like I thought it would be. So much better than I could have planned.
It’s a dance between writer and story.
Both have a spirit. What a gift it is when a story reveals its spirit to the writer. I believe that’s why I return to the keyboard again and again. To feel a story tell itself through me is an honour and a joy.
You can try to write on your schedule, with your agenda, but I suspect your story will have something to say about that.
Be patient. Be open. Be awake. Allow your story to reveal the path to you in time. You’ll be glad you did.
If your story is ready to be written, there are still a few spaces in our 8-week writing cohort that starts February 15th, 2021. Enjoy the journey.