Perspective Is Everything

A couple of weeks ago, Pot and I had a discussion that boiled down to me needing an attitude adjustment about this whole plotting vs. pantsing issue.  I was griping that plotting took away all the surprise and fun of writing for me–that I already knew what was going to happen.

light bulbThen last week happened.  I made it through the last scene in Chapter 4 and both scenes in Chapter 5.  None of them bore a whole lot of resemblance to the scenes I had outlined.  I mean, yeah, they fit within the general parameters I’d written, but mostly they didn’t turn out at all like I planned. And I had a sort of light bulb moment about the whole thing.

Writing from an outline is like writing a sonnet or a haiku.  It gives you the parameters for the medium, but beyond that you’re only restricted by your imagination.

It’s a freeing thought.  I’ve spent all this time limiting myself, that I have explored the idea of what I can do within the boundaries I set for myself.  It’s kind of like if I got trapped on a desert island and sat on a rock shaking my fist at God and wondering where a rescue boat is instead of exploring my surroundings and finding a way to make it work.  That’s hardly productive.

So I’m trying to work on a new attitude–the idea that there’s freedom within the boundaries.  And, of course, if something in the outline needs to be changed, it certainly can be.  We’ll see how that goes.

2 thoughts on “Perspective Is Everything

  1. I’ve been sort of half-assed updating the outline as I deviate. So far I haven’t made any changes so drastic that they call for a total overhaul of the outline from that point forward. It’s just been subtle changes.

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