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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Writer's Intuition in the Planning Stage

Plotter or pantser, you're still going to need some intuition to guide you in the planning phase of writing. Once you've found that perfect idea, there are a million different paths that idea can take. How do you know which paths to choose? Yeah, you guessed it. Use your Writer's Intuition.

When I'm planning a story, or even when I get stuck in the middle of one, I like to sit down and do some brainstorming. It helps me to list out all the different possibilities, even those I know I won't use, even those that seem cliched or just plain dumb or totally silly. Then I decide what I feel will work best in the story. Sometimes I come up situations I never expected. You've probably had that happen too.

Don't be afraid to let your imagination run wild. Think up all the cliches, the nonsense, the dead-ends, and what-not. Somewhere in there, your Writer's Intuition is going to dish up the perfect direction for your story to take.

20 comments:

Melissa said...

I agree, you definitely have to be "free" while writing the first draft!!

Nisa said...

That is exactly what I need to do for the chapter I'm working on now. If only there was some quiet to be found... Want to come to the Bahamas and babysit? lol

Jessica Bell said...

That's so true. I often find that when I make up nonsense, I manage to conjure up perfectly logical reasons for them. Brain power practice :o)

Amanda said...

I agree! Great post! I love visiting your blog. Your banner pic is gorgeous!

Misha said...

I think that one should never stop thinking about better ways to get the story told. As long as we jump after every single thought.

:-)

Demitria said...

I'm always amazed when you're stuck and all of a sudden you "see" it, the way through your story. Great post.

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ali said...

Absolutely! If I don't let my imagination or intuition guide me, I'll end up with something a lot less sincere, I think. A lot less ME.

Abby Annis said...

It's amazing where your intuition can guide you with a little brainstorming. Great post! :)

Bethany Mattingly said...

Hi! I hopped over from Amie's blog. Love this post, I'm going to have to try this out when I get stuck again.

Justine Dell said...

Well said!! As a panster, my intuition comes in handy!

~JD

Angie said...

Thanks for all your comments, ladies. It really is great when your mind leads you in the right direction! I'm glad you liked the post.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thank you Angie!
Great post!

Tina Scott, the writing artist said...

Brainstorming is a great idea--and a good exercize for writers.

Angie said...

Thank you for stopping by, Tyrean.

lotusgirl said...

I agree. I love letting my imagination run wild.

Brandon said...

Good advice Angie :)
brainstorming different options opens up your imagination to new ideas...

Amie B said...

great advice! and never underestimate the power of a crit group, too!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

So true! It's our own inhibition that stops us from ever moving onward in cases like that.

♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

Medeia Sharif said...

I give my intuition free reign when I'm planning. :)

LTM said...

great post, Angie! It's so true to trust your intuition, and it's fun to see where it'll take you~

All the best, and happy V'day! :o) <3