Words Written Today: 1328
Words I Still Need to Write Today: 339
Writing Music Obsession: The Lord of the Rings soundtrack.
It's funny how stories never seem to go quite how you expect them to.
story I'm writing now, I've told myself in my head a hundred times.
Each time it happens just a bit differently, but it's still the same
story. So, when I set out to write it down for NaNoWriMo, I figured that
I knew pretty well how it would play out.
the scenes I've written in the last few days, possibly in the last
week, are ones I never imagined. I didn't plan them. They weren't there
when I told the story in my head. Yet here they are, appearing on paper.
They came partially because I had gaps in my plans and I needed
something to fill them, but they're also changing the course of the
story ever so slightly. Hopefully, they're making it better.
a way, these unexpected scenes are one of my favorite parts of writing a
novel. I love writing the scenes I've been planning since before I even
started the story, yes, but the scenes that just happen are exciting in
a whole different way. They often reveal things about my characters and
plot that make me think "Oh, wow! I never thought of that before!"
Sometimes, they end up being my favorite scenes in the entire novel. And
sometimes I look back and realize "You know, this is a mess", but, hey,
as long as it's a fun-to-write mess, I'm ok with that. (At least until I
have to edit . . .)
Have you encountered
any unexpected scenes in your stories? How have they changed what you
were writing? Please tell me in the comments!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)