CREATIVE, WORDS, Writing

Stories Write Themselves

My short stories usually begin with an idea that gets expanded into an outline, and then written.  While this works fairly well most of the time, sometimes a story will go off into a different direction than I had initially intended.

A fairly straightforward story might jet off into the Twilight Zone or one that was supposed to be funny will become sad.  It is often at these times that I will become stuck as I think over just which direction I want to take the story in.  Once when this happened, I wrote two stories: one that went off in a silly direction and another one that played out more straightforward, because straightforward had been what I had originally envisioned.  Sometimes I will just keep writing even if the story isn’t going in the direction I want it to, just to see what comes out of it.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

No matter how much you plan, you really never know where a story will go until you actually start writing it, because as crazy as it sounds, stories write themselves.

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