One of the problems I’ve always had with my writing is that I’m not a sequential writer, as I’m sure you can tell. I’m everywhere, following this bright-shiny word, then the next one. That’s caused some problems over time especially as I’ve worked on the rough draft. A scene or an idea for a scene pops in my noggin, so I work on that. Then, I have an idea for the ending, so I’m off that way. On the other hand (cliché alert) it keeps me fresh. I can work in a straight line for a while, then I feel as though I’m walking through mud.
It’s like the problem with outlines (see how I jump about?). Now, this isn’t a rant on outlines. It’s just that I don’t do well with them. I remember all those times back in junior high and high school English comp classes of coming up with a report topic, then trying to create an outline.
Nope, just couldn’t do it. I felt as though these rules about always using outlines were fencing me in. I had no idea how much until years later when I let my words loose and allowed them to run free.
Of course, the flip-side of that is that sometimes my words are like mustangs on the range and they absolutely refuse to cooperate. So, that’s my conflict. I have a lot of words written, they’re just not in the right places. So, my job now is to move the Lego block words around and try connecting them with other words.
Word glue, that’s what I need. I need word glue to hold everything together. Or word tape.
Keep writing, friends.