Eric started this blog chain with this challenging question:
When was the last time you just sat down and started writing, with nothing but a whisper of an idea to guide you? Did you find it easy to do or did you find yourself struggling for a more organized story?
You know, the last time I sat down and wrote off the cuff was NaNoWriMo 2009. I knew my MC was a shapeshifting teen who had to rescue her dad with the help of a cutie-patootie love interest. Anything more than that just hadn’t been dreamed of yet.
70,000 words and 30 days later, I had a whole novel. Granted, it’s gone through several revisions and is a lot different than the NaNo version, but I think the process was quite freeing and fun.
What did I like about it?
I could let my imagination have free reign.
If I wanted to dawdle, I could.
If I wanted to skip ahead and write an action scene, I could.
Not knowing where the story was going was soooooooo exciting, I could barely wait to get home from work to start working.
Gotta say, things are different now. I tend to focus on outlining a plot. It saves revision time later. But I still had fun way back when just letting go and writing for the sheer bliss of it.
Check out Lydia’s response to Sarah’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question!