As a creative person, my mind is always at work. My imagination is very vivid and there are so many details of a world and of a story I know and think about that may never even be told.
I have to admit… at times a story can feel overwhelming. Almost as if its depth and complexity is too great to be told. It can feel like it’s bigger than me, the writer, or that my abilities are not skilled enough to adequately tell the tale.
For me, not every story starts out that way. But if I spend enough time dwelling on it, considering possibilities, brainstorming, and developing the story and characters it can grow exponentially. I also sometimes begin to then try to find the best way through… the best way to tell the story and that can also be restrictive and overwhelming.
For a while now, I’ve been planning the sequel to my first novel, Amethyst, which I am titling Iolite. At first, I wasn’t even sure where the story would go. From that point to now, the story has become a full blown storm and I feel as though my brain can’t quite contain all of it. I was feeling a little bit of writer’s block every time I sat down to try and work on it. I kept trying to figure out which direction to go and whether or not I should include different parts or not.
And then I realized the problem.
I wasn’t letting it out. I was trying to control the story and be the writer and creator. Instead, I had to remember that if the story is that good, it will find a way and I just have to be patient and let it flow. The thing with a first draft is to simply write as much as possible. To describe every detail, every scene, every emotion, every expression. The first draft is not to hold back and try to decide then and there if that particular dialogue is needed or if you need every event going on with each character. The first draft is there to get the entirety of the world, the characters, the story on paper and all that that entails.
The story needs to fully develop and expand as far is it wants to go.
Editing can always happen later. And it will. That’s the hard part. But I had to let go of that critical mentality and simply settle into the joy, relaxation, and pleasure that comes with simply telling an exciting tale! As soon as I did that, it was like everything just fell into place. It was like I had just busted open an enormous dam and the river came crashing through. Suddenly it was like the story was writing itself.
Take a moment to just ponder and let the idea and the story fester in the subconscious. For a good story… not telling it is a terrible thing!
If you’re curious about my novel, Amethyst, a tale of a fae pirate captain battling her past, present, and future, check it out from my publisher, Kellan Publishing, from Amazon, from Barnes and Noble, and from Kobo!