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.
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.
Except, 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: 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. 😉