Monday, June 18, 2012

Do Stories Choose You? Or Do YOU Choose Your Story?


Right. Now. Is. The. Best.

I’m in full-blown creative mode.

I’ve never had a story come out of me so easily or had one that feels more “right.” You know when that excitement draws you to the page, and you grin like a goof staring at the computer screen because you know all the pieces fit? And you feel this crazy energy itching underneath your skin that makes you jumpy day and night because you know this story is for you?

I didn’t have this with my last book. I’ve mentioned this before, but I wrote Westridge because it was the story that needed to be written. *So* I could write this new one, I believe.

I’ve been immersing myself in plot books, and feel like I’m finally getting a grasp of being on top of the structure of the story, where before that was a big weakness for me. I didn’t realize how much I was pantsing it. It’s nice to finally find a flow, to not only have a grasp of my favorite side of writing, which is words… but to solidify the base, and pacing of it all so the words can shine.

 It’s been since my first book where I’ve been wholly and totally obsessed with getting the words on paper. I think I’ve trained myself to write in short bursts, flipping in and out my story like a switch---necessary with four kids in the summertime, where they’re needing constant attention. But now it’s been SO HARD to tear myself away long enough to write this blog post.

I’m immersed. And it’s such a great place.

The point of this scattered post? (Because really, I didn’t execute it well at all, ironic enough) Is that I do feel my first two books exist *so* I can write this book. I love those moments in life when you can look back, and know why you went through things. You can see the pieces and how they fit together.

I think writing is a long, intricate, fascinating process. Do you feel “destined” to write certain stories? Where you know everything has lined up in your life just so you can create the tale that needs to be told? Or do you think everything is a conscious choice? Where there are no coincidences?

I know, deep questions. If it’s too much, you can just tell me how your WIP is doing. Hope all you June NaNo’s are doing well!

Red. Head. Out. :D

**Oh! And a huge shout out to Elise Fallson for her kind award to me last week ;)

***And you MUST check out Stephen Tremp's site today! His book, BREAKTHROUGH, is FREE on Amazon today and tomorrow! 

46 comments:

  1. This is how I feel with my current book :) That's why I think that this is *the one* and I'm so excited to polish it all up nice and pretty. I'm so glad things are going well for you!!

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  2. That feeling is the BEST! I had it with Game On, and although I am SICK of it now (lol) after all the editing, when I'm not editing, I miss it.

    I've never once felt like I "chose" to write a story. Most of the time, they come to me and I let them out. :D

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  3. Could be both, but I usually let the stories find me. Lazy, I know, but forcing the ideas don't work as well, for me. :)

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  4. I love that feeling! It's totally how I'm feeling about my current projectm which is probably how I'm writing it so quickly. It has taken me so long to get here from the first idea spark and I've tried writing it so many times, but now it just feels write. I also feel that I had to write other stories that I wasn't so in love with so that I could get to the point where I could write this book.
    Good luck with the writing :)

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  5. I chose my story, but only the draft. As I developed it, the story allowed the characters to unfold and as I like to say, "fight for page time." This is how my books are written.

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  6. I'm not sure. I've put my first MS aside for now, bc I just need a break from it. I'm skipping on some other ideas I've had and started, moving on to the one that feels the best for me right now. Honestly I feel like the ideas come out of nowhere, and I get to pick with ones I keep or work on. It's a pretty good system so far :-)

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  7. This so exciting, Morgan. I love when the creative juices just ooze out of me. Can't wait to hear more.

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  8. I love this! I just finished my WIP really so I could start writing this other book that's been screaming at me, lol.

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  9. This is how I feel about Already There. It's the book I was meant to write, and I super excited about it all the way through. Even with a ton of rewriting and revising to do I'm still super excited.

    Hope you are able to get writing done with all those kids bouncing around.

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  10. I'm glad things are going so well! Give 'em hell red!

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  11. I think my readers chose my second and third books!
    I may not hit the 50,000 word mark for BuNo (and not worried if I don't) but I'm making great progress on my third book.

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  12. Thanks Morgan for the shout out! Once again the blogging community shines bright with their help and support!

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  13. I'm excited for you! I know what you mean about the plot part. You are always a step ahead of me and it helps me to focus on the direction I need to go. Are there any plot books you recommend!
    This book has GOT to it for you. Especially since I'm eager to read your stuff.I'll be the first in line. :)

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    1. Ohhh... you are SO sweet, Honey! Right now I'm reading Save The Cat by Blake Snyder. I'm *loving* it... it lays out the structure out in a nice, easy way. Very helpful!

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  14. Yayayayayayay Morgan!!!! I'm so thrilled with how this is going for you!! I think stories latch onto me and won't let go until I write them lol!!! :D

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  15. Lucky! So fun when you are in love with writing a story! I've been in editing world so long I miss that creative part! I think everything that happens to us is to help us learn and grow and get through the next thing, hopefully with a happy ending :) I've left you an award on my blog today :)

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  16. Fun, Fun, Fun! Now dunk your head back into your book world and come up for air when you're ready. Enjoy this time. This is why we write!

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  17. Sounds like you're in a great place! Emily is right, this is why we write.

    I definitely think you wouldn't be writing this story if you hadn't written your others. You might be trying but it wouldn't be the same story because you wouldn't be the same person. Have fun with it!

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  18. Oh, Morgs, I am so proud of you. You are the most positive person Ever. No matter what, you come out on top. Well, done.

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  19. Oh, Morgan, I love how your excitement shines through this post. It's oozing through every word. =) I know just what you mean. I felt like my last manuscript had to be written, but I also felt that it was prepping me to write the story that was waiting in the wings at that time. That's the one I'm working on now.
    Hope that fire you have for this project lasts and lasts!

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  20. What a great feeling! Hope it takes you right through the MS and into revisions - Go, Morgan!

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  21. Love it when I get an idea and my mind just shouts THAT'S THE ONE. For my WIP, The Year of Lightning, I got a picture in my head of just one scene and instantly knew I wanted to build that idea into a full world. So far, I'm loving how it's worked out. Almost at the finish line!

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  22. Save the cat goes to the movies is also go, when you get time look up The Heroes Journey, and when you get more time find a copy of The Power of Myth. It will change your life.

    I do feel off when I am writing something that isn't "in tune" with me. Many times a story whispers to me, telling me to do this or that. When I am writing I am channeling the story, writing things I didn't even know were there. Is it destiny? Is it God? Is it the subconscious? The collective unconscious? I don't know.

    Sometimes I feel so strongly about something, whether it is a story, or a person. I feel drawn, you know. Like a special energy is there.

    There are people I have met online that I feel like I could spill my whole life out to, and it would be alright. Kindred Spirits. Perhaps books can be Kindred too?

    Andrea

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  23. Dude - I'm totally in the zone, too!! :)

    I tagged you in a post, btw!

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  24. You should post an excerpt so that I can read it.

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    1. Oooo... perhaps a post for later on this week ;)

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  25. I do believe we are destined to write certain stories. :D

    I knew nothing about story structure until a year ago. I thought I had figured it out. I knew there was a first, second, and third act. I just didn't get what else was involved, other than increasing conflict. Now I'm so much wiser. :D

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  26. ...cherish that feeling, Morgan, and roll with it! While finishing up "South of Charm," I stooped so low as to lock myself in the bathroom in order to gain an extra minute or two. For when the muse offers song and dance, we writers have no choice but to oblige ;)

    El

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  27. Good for you, finding your groove like that. It's a special feeling. As far as destiny vs choice, I think it a combination of both. Choice is always a part of the equation. :)

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  28. I've always been excited to write my stories. And it's hard to pull myself away when I have to. I've always been a pantser, so I write where I want.

    For my next WIP I will be planning more upfront--at least that's the plan--so it'll be interesting to see how it goes. If I still feel that excitement I did with all the others before. I hope so.

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  29. You sound very inspired! It's funny how it just happens sometimes, and the ideas flow so easily. I'm excited for you and can't wait to read some of your new inspiration! :)

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  30. Gotta love full-blown creative mode.
    As to your question, I think that kind of writing is a little of both: the right moment and the conscious effort.

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  31. be free in your creative mode! be crazy & scattered on your blog!
    but glad you have found structure for your book, it needs support and a little reason =)

    gave you an award!

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  32. I feel like my stories and characters have always chosen me, like I were born to write them. Many times it's like the book is writing me instead of me writing the book. I wouldn't have stayed with my Atlantic City characters for over 20 years now, or with my other sets of characters for nearly as long, if I hadn't been destined to create them, write their stories, and make them into the characters they ultimately became.

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  33. What an infectiously enthusiastic post! I'm full steam ahead with my WIP too - 16000 words to go and I know I'm going to miss this when the first draft is over, so I guess that's a sign it's the right story. Although I'm the opposite of you - I'm pantsing it and I think I know how the ending will be, but there's still points I haven't worked out. I find that a bit scary, but mainly thrilling.

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  34. I only have one finished novel, and am now working on two others, BUT I feel like this about all three of them! In fact, the two I am going back and forth between right now are both so exciting that I wish there were two of me so I could work on them at the same time. *grin*

    Happy writing, my friend. I am so happy you are experiencing writer's bliss. Great post!

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  35. I'm struggling w/ my current WIP, but only because it's summer. Still, I'm making progress. :)

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  36. I think writing, like arts in general, is dictated by many unconscious choices. I find it hard to believe that even the greatest writers, and I really mean the greatest writers in human history, did everything out of conscious choices.
    Maybe there's a kind of magnetism that pushes the story towards you, and you towards that particular story.

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  37. I don't to even think about how many "practice" books I've written.
    HOPEFULLY, I'll be able to wrangle some of them into something worth publishing...one day...

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  38. My stories choose me mostly. I found it works well that way. And I'm still trying to make something out of my practice books. Have a great weekend!

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  39. I feel like this with my current book! It's a wonderful feeling :)

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  40. I can't even imagine....
    good for you!!!!!!!

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  41. Hi! Just read your interview on Emily's blog...
    What a great post! I love it when I am in the midst of a creative burst of energy...
    Happy writing :)

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  42. Hopping over from Emily's blog. Loved the interview! You sound truly inspired. Your writing muse must be working overtime!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  43. Gah, so jealous of you right now :) My story is coming okay, but still so much work to do. But its okay, I still love it!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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