In May I started acupuncture for my migraines. Two different people told me it had worked for them, and then I reconnected with a friend who is now an acupuncturist but lives too far away. She gave me a recommendation to someone affordable (that was key since my insurance won’t cover it) nearby.
We’ve made some progress, but we had been missing the key to MY migraines. We may have now found that key, but it will take time to be sure my body has really learned to heal itself. (RocketMan: Stop rolling your eyes.) I decided to jump into this with both feet. And that made me wonder about the kinds of ways we embrace the unknown in our writing.
Pantsing it: This is not something I do. I need to know what I’m writing, where the story is going, and at least several points along the way. I need to know who I’m writing about and how he or she will change. I also like to know who will help and hinder my main character.
But lots of writers do work this way. I’d love to hear from some of you. Why do you write by the seat of your pants? What is different about the experience for you than if you outlined first?
Going with the gut (another cliché): One could argue that every new manuscript is an unknown. Something (or someone or somewhere) inspires a shiny new idea and we run with it. (Man, I am full of them today. Hee hee.) We jump into the new story idea and its world and characters and we hope that after a lot of hard work and a lot of revision and a lot of polishing that it might turn out to be THE ONE. Or THE NEXT ONE for those of you already published.
Every new idea is unknown until we write it and develop it.
I would imagine that choosing an agent and an editor are two more ways that writers embrace the unknown.
What other ways can you think of? What have you jumped into lately?