In every story comes the moment when the protagonist has to finally stop running and face the antagonist head-on. And it’s often a scary moment. The protagonist doesn’t feel like they’re ready for it, their heart beats something fierce in their chest, their palms are sweaty, their brain is trying to keep their sanity in check. All these things going on in just a matter of seconds and everything, your entire story, hinges on this moment having the gravity and weight you want it to or else the story is anticlimactic or worse, forfeit.
So, how do you create that moment of truth, that isn’t always the end? How do you create that atmosphere, that weight, that anticipation, even a bit of fear, in the reader? How do you convey what so many of us feel on the inside but don’t know how to articulate when we face changes in our lives?
Well, that’s what I’m going to attempt to convey here:
- Rely on your intuition- whenever I write a story, I try not to think too much as thinking gets in the way. I put fingers to keyboard and see where they lead. I try not to impose what I want to happen and instead let what creativity wants to happen happen. This way, you can develop a feel for pivitol moments in the story and get a sort of spiritual sense of when everything is going to take a turn, and where things end.
- Just throw it all out there- when writing the first draft, we as writers fall into the delusion that we’re Shakespeare. This is fine, without that delusion, we wouldn’t be able to let our creativity flourish. However, we do another thing that isn’t necessary: we try to create god-level content in the first go. That part we need to get rid of but it seems we can’t, so we’ll just have to let it lay. When writing the first draft, just throw it all out there and edit later.
- Embrace the chaos- ever heard of Chaos Theory? Well, the gist of it is that nothing is random and that there’s a method to the madness. Same thing applies with first drafts, let the chaos take you, let it envelope your mind (it already does), go on the roller coaster with your characters and see where the story ends up, you’ll find it’s more fun that way.
- Abandon all rules- in life, we find that many rules we were taught once don’t apply anymore. Things change over time which means different methods of walking life will apply at different times. When you abandon all rules, you allow yourself to be open to anything. Everything becomes possible and there are no limits. Once you exhaust all your creativity for the piece you’ve written, take some time away and then edit and impose necessary limits if for the sake or readability, relatability, and/or believability.
- Have fun- time flies when you’re having fun and all your problems go away as well. Whenever we’re having fun, truly having fun, we actually perform better and the quality of our work increases. When work becomes play, we tend to play a lot harder than we work. So try to make writing more play than work, because as Stephen King says, “If you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.”
Well, as always, that’s my spiel on the subject.
Till next week. . .