Writer’s Craft # 111 Free-Fall Writing
Rahima Warren is the author of Dark Innocence, Book One of The Star-Seer’s Prophecy. She is a life-long lover of fantasy and sci fi, and always wondered how writers came up with these wonderful stories, never thinking she might become one of them. For 20 years, she was a licensed psychotherapist, but in 2000, a character named Kyr took over her life and insisted she write his story. After three years of free-fall writing, she found that she had written a trilogy, and that it deserved to be revised, edited and published. Book One: Dark Innocence was published by Rose Press in 2011. She’s currently editing Book Two: Difficult Blessings, while Book Three: Dangerous Bliss awaits revision. For more information, or to read her blog, Inner Views, please visit www.starseersprophecy.com
Do you enjoy outlining and planning your stories before you write? That’s a wonderful talent, and might save me a lot of time, if I could do it. But perhaps you are more like me, and feel imprisoned by outlines? If so, here are my tips for what I call free-fall writing. When writing a first draft, just jump out of that airplane and see where the winds of creative passion take you.
Let the story flood out, unhindered by thoughts of “should” or “That’s not how it’s done,” or “I don’t dare!” or, most poisonous of all, “That’s no good.” Just write. No editing. Don’t think about where it’s going. Just let the story evolve onto paper as it will. It can be quite surprising when you let the story go where it wants to.
Write just for you and your main character(s). Let them come to life, breathe, and take you on their journey. It’s their story, after all, not yours. What’s important is to be loyal to the story, to the characters, and write because you love them and want to help them live out their adventures. Personally, if I wrote with others in mind (audience, publishers, critics), my passion and joy in writing would freeze up fast.
Don’t worry. You can revise as and edit as much as you want later on. For the first draft, at least, just trust, let yourself free-fall, and enjoy the creative flow.