Of course, Inspiration can come from just about anything, in any place, about the oddest things. But, has inspiration ever just hit and when you sat down to write, the words poured out so fast your pages were filled with those little red and green squiggly underlines that showed all your spelling and grammar mistakes? You were so into your story that you didn’t care about making it all writerly right?
After years of setting my writing aside and putting everything else like job, young children, and housework (yeah, it’s taken a bit of a dive lately) first, when I let my mind get back to the stories and characters I loved, it all came out in a rush. It resulted in my first series, Aumelan.
I didn’t really know the proper way (if that’s the right way to put it) to do things as far as writing a book went at that point. I just wrote because I was so into the story and fell in love with my characters that I had to keep going. And it really shows in that series. Major revisions are needed to get it anywhere near publishable.
As I learned more about what made a good book good, I began to get paranoid. I found myself reading over a scene I’d just written, a paragraph, or even just a sentence and then reading it over again. The results? Frustration and partial works. And I still struggle with this.
I’ve made outlines, wrote scenes to follow those outlines, and then took the next step to revise...and this works. But I still miss the freedom I felt when I sat down and just let the inspiration run wild.
How do you handle your inspiration and writing? Is it a free flow? Or a structured development?