Did you ever have to make up your mind?
I've been working--not as much as I should--on my new book this week and find myself standing at a crossroad.
Let me back up.
Before I write anything of magnitude, I compose several pages (sometimes an outline [especially with historical fiction]) that detail the direction of the piece and highlight the major goals I want to achieve. So was the case with my current work in progress and everything was going well until . . . a major character did something he wasn't supposed to do.
Well, maybe not.
All of the planning in the world will never make up for the creative process that takes hold of the writer when pounding the keyboard in a fit of inspired genius. You may discover new developments in character and plot (including the all-important subplots that add extra depth) that deviate from the original plan in such a way that the story becomes more believable/interesting.
Having said that, you also can't be afraid to rewrite in order to stay on track. A new road isn't necessarily a good road and we do need to use our writerly foresight in order to determine if this new path is the right path.
So, what am I going to do? Well, the road not taken is supposed to make all the difference. Right? Right?
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