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Writing is Like a Box of Chocolates

Yeah, you have an idea of what you are going to talk about, what you are going to write. But, just like life, it can change at a moments notice, and sometimes you won’t even realize it.

I cannot tell you how many times I have started writing and it has gone in a totally different direction than what was planned.

Did I come up with a better idea? Maybe.

Did I discover more about my characters and realized they wouldn’t do what I had planned for them? Perhaps.

Did I get distracted and possibly change the point of the story? Probably.

Writing can be a dangerous path down the rabbit hole of your mind. First, you are writing about the fictitious world you created and forty minutes later your high school drama has an alien shooting up the school. (writing is WEIRD)

But, either way, this is what a first draft is. A first draft is coming up with your story, throwing it up onto paper, and then reading it over and realizing all that you did wrong. But, you also did everything right.

You brought ideas into existence. Those words were not there before. It doesn’t matter how good or bad those words were- you created those sentences, paragraphs, and pages.

That is why there is a second draft. And a third. And probably a forth and fifth. You revise. You discover what makes you a better writer. You look at the words you wrote and dig deep and find what fits even more.

Comment some of your craziest writing ideas and your favorite parts of your writing process!

Now, what are you waiting for? Get writing!

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