*Here’s another of those earlier posts I thank several of you for bringing to light again! I re-post it today in hopes it may spark something new in you, or me… or both of us simultaneously?
Picture this: You’ve been writing for a bit now. The story you are currently working on is coming along just nicely, thank you very much. The characters feel right, the story itself feels right. Suddenly, out of the darkness (or brightness) of your imagination, the story decides to take a decidedly unexpected twist. It’s as though an element you didn’t expect to enter into the picture has in fact entered into the picture.
What would you do in a situation like this? I mean, depending on how far you’ve progressed in telling your tale, you may choose to follow this strange, new happening. Would you be as likely to do so if say you were wrapping things up? coming to what you only a week ago considered a ‘fitting conclusion to the drama at hand’?
There’s the old saying: ‘Honesty is the best policy’. Can it be the best policy in the realm of fictional storytelling? What does that even mean? Well, here’s my take:
Honesty in the realm of fiction means trusting that sudden, inexplicable turn. You know, the one you never saw coming and actually stepped out of your process to, um, PROCESS! Can you simply incorporate the new twist and let it take you where it may? I ask because it is something I find happening in my own writing more and more. I’m writing a scene, seeing that outcome I KNOW is the right one when out of the blue – BAM, change up.
On a few occasions, the twists have been major level. The kind which seem to ask me to put it in reverse, go back to such and such paragraph, or scene, or idea, or spot of dialog, and change something I thought of as solid, able to withstand rewrites and everything!
I’ve to date followed every one of these major twists to my stories. I’ve followed them and guess what? I was eventually rewarded with something better, more concrete, more realistic, more believable. Hey, that’s just me, though…
… to be honest
K’lee L. © 2014