It’s the ‘what if’ factor taking me down not one, but several roads as I explore what the possible conclusion of a story could be. It tells me I don’t have to have one ending, I have choices.
As a published writer, my perception of that person most likely borders on being a professional. I am. I’m a professional with one heck of an imagination. An imagination that spreads across several genres. An imagination that kicks into gear easily, and yet, it is one that can be serious, can depict scenes that come from somewhere deep within, a gravel-travel moment, a memory, and maybe a shenanigan or two.
My original piece of this add-on writing that I compiled in my journal is quite a different style from what you are reading here. When I started typing it from the hand-written pages, I realized, suspected, or thought, it was more along the lines of what I was expected to say and not how I feel. Therefore, while I will keep that staunch piece for comparison or even use it at a later date, I decided to wing it because that is who I am.
I am not a plotter or planner when it comes to my writing. Nor do I schedule when I sit down to write. The words need to come to me and my mind is a great imagination resource. Oh, I admit as I move forward in my writing career I have to pay attention to the details in my prior work. In fact, I have found myself compiling Story Bibles to make sure the same location description in one book in a series will be the same in the second, third, and who knows, the fourth or more books.
I don’t know if doing this makes me a writing plotter. I consider it a necessity of an older mind. It’s okay if you are laughing, because I am.
The ideas in my books are not planned by chapter or scene or on sticky notes around the room. I write when the urge takes me. It might be a continued thought from a previous time of putting pencil to paper; but, most likely, it is a thought that involves characters doing something that may happen elsewhere in a story I am working on. There is even a good chance it will be included in a future book. What it boils down to, is I have yet to decide when and how things are going to happen. When I like my characters, I let them tell me their story.
Most of you who follow me regularly or know me personally, know that I write first long hand and then move it to the computer. I take full advantage of my imaginative brain cell department from where ever and whatever I am doing, by recording those impulsive thoughts in my journal. Sometimes it is a full story, sometimes it's two or three words or sentences, and sometimes it’s just me rambling.
You got it. I do not plan my books. And, what you might ask, has any of this got to do with 99 Words about being a Literary Artist? Absolutely everything! It is those two words that gives me full credence to being the person I am - A Panster known as a creative, imaginative writer.