Quote of the Day—E.L. Doctorow

Someone managed to capture in two sentences exactly what my writing process is like. It's rare that I can see more than a chapter in front of me, but somehow it works. That's how books get written: one chapter after the other. At the same time, I know several people who flesh out a plan before they ever begin writing, and then follow it step by step until they reach the end. I've tried it, and it doesn't work for me at all. I'm too prone to getting caught up in the details of the plan, rather than following the story as it unfolds. I suppose in the end, just as with everything else, we all write in different ways and what works for some people doesn't work for others.

So what's your process like? Are you a planner or do you go with the flow? Have you ever tried a different way?

Today's prompt: Write a short story, on a subject of your choosing, but not in the way you would usually choose to write it (with planning or spontaneously). If you never plan, make an outline of the plot before you begin. If you're a stickler for planning, pick a subject, think of an opening and just go with it. Your story must have a "twist" ending.

When you're done, consider these questions:

  • How did you feel writing in an unfamiliar fashion?
  • Did you find it difficult or simple to switch from one tactic to the other?
  • How might this exercise help you be a more effective writer in the future?

Post your response in the comments! Happy Writing!

KC