Let the story evolve

So last post we discussed a number of different writing tips, one of them, a probably the most important, being to know when to delete. I think there’s another important tip that the video did not cover that needs to be added. So I’m going to add it here myself

Know when to let the story evolve

The Weaver Reborn is projected for the age groups of teens. It didn’t start out that way. Honestly, I’m more comfortable writing for the Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Ranger’s Apprentice demographic. The pre-teen audience.

When I started the story, Maxine, my main character, was twelve. Her two supporting friends Amar was fourteen, and Kriss was twelve. Now Maxine is fifteen, Amar is sixteen, and Kriss is also sixteen. What changed? Well, the story did actually.

I started the story back in 2001 and at the time it was called The Little Questors. It was more chronicles than serial. Every book would cover the adventures of this cast of characters, some characters would be in the books while others weren’t. The adventures lasted as long as the book itself so each book was going to be new. Back in 2011, though, I went on a writing hiatus. I didn’t even think about returning to writing. But I did. And when I did I started the story fresh.

That was when I ran into a problem. The story that I had created was on the verge of being something much darker. It screamed it. It also screamed that if I went in that direction the characters’ ages would have to change, along with other more important changes such as the voice and the comedy. The story would have to evolve and the namesake The Little Questors would no longer apply.

Change something that had been stuck that way in my mind for years?! But I felt I had something here. It was a dilemma. Do I pull back or do I let go?

I let go. I let the story have that reign. I let it release itself and I am so impressed with the results.

Now obviously this is an extreme example but there are other smaller examples. That is my bit of writer’s advice for everyone. If you feel like the story wants to become more: let it. And don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone. Be brave and daring. Don’t hold the story back. Both the story will suffer and you as a writer.

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2 thoughts on “Let the story evolve

  1. tpesce2015 says:

    Play scripts do this too! Since a play normally has no history (as in your example) I think it’s the most fun in the world to start two characters having a conversation, and then just listen in and type what they say. Of course I have intentions, characters, thought and story lines – but sometimes (many times) something happens I had no idea would happen. And it’s absolutely wonderful. Let the thoroughbred run. Without a saddle. They lift up their tails like flags of joy. Who would have it any other way? YES! I agree with you. Let the story evolve – that means it is alive.

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