Eric started this blog chain with: When was the last time you just sat down and started writing, with nothing but a whisper of an idea to guide you? Did you find it easy to do or did you find yourself struggling for a more organized story?
The first time I participated in NaNoWriMo I meant to sit down and write this nice little story I'd been plotting for quite some time in my head.
When I sat down at the computer, however, something else came out. I've written about it in past blogs, the story about Penny Solomon and her quest for revenge.
I had to admit I was surprised by the ease with which the story came together. I think the story flowed very well. The plot points were there, and when I started sharing the basic premise with some of my coworkers and friends, they were excited.
But I recently deleted the entire file.
Yep. 62,000 words. Poof. Gone. Dissolving someplace in binary limbo.
I believe that, as writers, our main characters are reflections of little pieces of ourselves. And, if that's the case, Penny was a really dark and ugly part of myself I didn't want to reflect upon.
I'm sure I'll rewrite the story with a main character that's a little more filtered. I'm sure the plot points will remain similar. It's still a story I get excited about.
I think writing from just a whisper of an idea has the potential to create some really good stories, but I've learned from that experience that, for me, it creates more work in the long run.
The bad news is I'm late posting this round, so check out what Abby had to say on Saturday. The good news is, you can go to to Sandra's blog and see what she has to say about it right now!