Creative Writing

The Writing Morphs

This year I am writing a novel.

Way back in the end months of 2020 when I first started really considering this project I was very eager and full of wild expectations. The building blocks for 2021’s writing project where created and put into place. So, I set out writing what I felt certain would be a trilogy and with that in mind I created a working title, the one that you have been following along with these last few months, The Nameless Files.

Now that I have written more than half of the book, or file one, I actually don’t see file two or three playing out anymore. My storyline and characters have shifted so much from my original jumping off point! You might ask, how do I feel about that? Well, I feel okay. No disappointment or anything like that. I feel quite the opposite actually. I am satisfied with the story and happy with the characters.

The reason that I don’t think there will be a file two and three is because my original idea was a bit disjointed and since it was my jumping off point I wasn’t doing any work to see if it could or should fit together. I just jumped in and started writing placing my trust in the process. So, I didn’t stress and I put pen to paper with my tentative plan. As the writing progressed the disjointment (is that a word?) disappeared and file two and three went with it.

I have found it so fabulous to experience the growth of a big writing project. Have you experienced anything similar in your own writing journey?

By Shari Marshall – 2021

4 thoughts on “The Writing Morphs

  1. Excellent update Shari. Giving yourself the freedom to let the story define itself is wise. And as things mature you may find more surprises present themselves and files 2 and/or 3 resurface as something new and cooler.

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