Why don’t I heed more experienced writers? Why do I tear my hair out forcing my story to adhere to my outline? And why must I spend weeks on one horrible scene that I eventually end up cutting out anyway?
How many times have you read something like this?
Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff, but it sets you free.
I still resist writing advice like the above. Though my writing process can be frustrating at times, I like it. I enjoy creating story outlines, character profiles, and researching world-building details. I think that’s the fun part!
The real writing part I don’t like so much. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when the words flow and there’s something that clicks, and that can be very enjoyable. But those instances are rare.
Would I experience those writing flushes more often if I just let ‘er rip as Pixar staff suggests?
Maybe. But then I would forever be coming up with the mess I presented you all with last week. A story that doesn’t make sense.
Is the trick to set yourself free with that first draft, then go back and re-write, cannibalizing the good bits from the original text?
How “free” are you with your writing efforts?