The One Thing I Swore to Never Do

I always swore I’d never do it.

But I did.

I can’t say I’m sorry, even though I’ll probably never do it again.


*deep breath*

I wrote a story without an outline.

This story being Shadowkeeper, which comes out later this month.

I mean—I’m very happy with how it turned out. Just the process…

See, I had a main character for the story, Cedra. INTJ. Older sister to an INFP. Faces down Death and all that.

Except the plot insisted that the Shadowkeeper was actually the main character. I fought that plot for a week or two then gave in. Fine, if Halcion wanted to be the MC then he could try his hand at being the MC.

The One Thing I Swore to Never DoExcept, for once, my characters failed me. The Shadowkeeper’s voice refused to come. The story was rough. And 6000 words in I decided to stop and write flash fiction for the characters to help me get their voices better.

Well, I wrote a flash fiction piece for Cedra and the voice came through very strong. So I sent it to my friend, Kate.

Her: Take this, using as the beginning of the story, and just write.

Me: But… I don’t know what’s going to happen.

Kate: Figure it out as you write.

Me: But the outline…

Kate: Do it. Please. (Add in INFP drama)

Me: …

Me: …

Me: Fine. I’ll try.

So I tried.

Amazingly enough, it worked. The story took a few twists I wasn’t expecting, but the voice was strong and the characters alive. Sure, the end fell apart because everything shifted. So I had to rework that. And edited to foreshadow some stuff and add a few things.

It worked though.

I’m never doing it again. At least I don’t *coughs* plan to.

I am glad I did it once though because it was good experience. It helped stretch me and showed me what I can do. I also feel it’s helped me with other writing because I know I can trust a story to tell itself to some extent. So it gives me more freedom that way.


*clears throat loudly*

That’s something I did once. And I don’t plan to do it again. But if you are interested in finding out more about this strange work of mine, you can see the cover and check it out here. 😉

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  1. I’m and INFP and my husband is INTJ (apparently those types get along pretty well) so I’m extra excited for this story now!

  2. Sounds like you had an adventure! This is actually how I wrote the first draft of my WIP.
    Stressful, because I’m a fellow INTJ and I like things planned to a t, but freeing to know that the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect and it’s okay not to know everything.

    Also, I made a list of books to read this year and “Shadowkeeper” is on it! Can’t wait to read it and meet your wild, wonderful characters. 😊

    • Yep. I still hate having to know that my drafts are perfect though… I know it but I also wish they could be perfect. XD

    • Ah ha ha, I knew I liked you, Hope Ann, and now I know why! INTJ humor must have some special magic in it… 😉

      My sister is an ESTP…it’s a really interesting pairing that can sometimes get uncomfortable (like when she does something because she feels like it and not because it’s on schedule…again), but I can assure you we’d do just about anything for each other. I can’t wait to read Shadowkeeper!

  3. I’m an INFP, too, and I don’t plot any of my stories. It’s amazing! (It helps if you know how your story might end, but the characters can come as you go. I love it!)

  4. Ack! Shadowkeeper sounds SOOOO amazing! I. NEED. TO. READ. IT! XD

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