Letting your writing take it's natural course

Sorry for the major lacking of decent blog posts lately.  With this writing break it seems that I've also taken a huge step back from the computer and the internet in general.  Which has been a good thing.

But I've had some time to reflect lately on writing in general.  Like: what really makes good writing?  How can I improve my own writing?  How do we get from point A to point B in plot 1, 2 and 3?  I've also had my book EDEN on my mind lately.

EDEN was an interesting book for me.  As I've said before, it was an experiment when I started it.  I didn't think I could write sci-fi/dystopian/post-apocalyptic.  I always thought of myself as a fantasy writer and I honestly didn't read much in those other genres.  But I had the idea so I went for it.

But things changed so much throughout the story.  Getting from point A to point B took a lot of unexpected turns.

Did you guys know that West's name was originally Tyler?  Yeah, I named him Tyler in the beginning because for some reason I really like that name so I decided to give it to him.  But as I got 20 or 30 pages into the book, I realized that I HATED Tyler.  I couldn't figure out his character.  He felt forced.  He was annoying.  

And then it dawned on me.  I couldn't figure out this character because I had given him the wrong name.

Honestly I don't remember how I came up with the name West, I guess it was just born into my head, or maybe West just finally told me his real name.  But suddenly this elusive character slid into place and I knew exactly who he was.

And there is one scene in EDEN that changed the entire course of the rest of the book.  I'll tell you which one it is.  Grab your copies of EDEN and kindly turn to chapter thirteen.  This was a chapter that surprised me.  I didn't expect it to play out as it did.  And then Eve unexpectedly said this line to someone:

 "You mean more to me than anyone here in Eden."

And that was the line that changed the course of the rest of the book.

I don't know if I've ever said this online, but I'll let you in on the big EDEN secret.  Eve did not end up with who I had planned her to end up with at the end of the book.  When I started the book I had it very clearly planned out who she would end up with and how I was going to take care of the guy that she didn't end up with.

Because in chapter thirteen she surprised me by saying that line to the other guy.  Eve's feelings went to a place I hadn't planned.  And in the end, I realized she made the right choice.

Letting your writing take it's natural course is a bit scary.  It takes you off your charted course at times.  It throws huge kinks in your outlines.  But it makes for more natural, better writing.  Sometimes your characters know their story better than you do.


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