Monday, February 21, 2011

Slowly Solving Problems Swiftly

When I write, I find myself having an interesting problem, especially if I’m writing a story. I take the time to figure out my story, thinking about it for many days or weeks before I even begin to put the thoughts into words. Finally, I sit down at my computer, put my fingers on the keys,and I begin typing.

And then I stop. I think. Then I write some more. I go back and read what I wrote. I change it and then continue these steps all over again.

It’s funny how the story is so complete in my thoughts, and even when outlined, but when I go to actually write it, I find I ask myself questions. How do I lead up to this event that is so important? What connects this situation to the outcome of the next? How can I keep a smooth flow of thoughts so the reader doesn’t feel like I’m jumping to an area to soon or without explanation?

All of that goes through my head, and I find that the story evolves. While the core of my thoughts of the story remain the same, the story changes in minor ways. The characters gain their motivations to reach their goal; the setting adapts to help the story make more sense. And I could go on and on about how I think I know my story, and what it finally becomes is slightly different than what I expected.

This process used to make my writing progress very slow. Sometimes, in a half hour time span I would only write four paragraphs. But as I’ve continued writing and making it a daily habit, this has improved dramatically. As is the case with any learned task, writing helps me formulate my thoughts quicker and express them in words. Not only that, but it has improved the speed that I solve problems within the progression of the story.

This realization came to me this morning. I took an hour before work to write more of the fourth novelette in the Miscorrection series. In that time span, I was able to write over 1,200 words. Wow! I was proud of myself and the progress I’d made. Only through my persistence with writing am I become better at doing it. It’s a life lesson we can all take no matter what we set out to do. Whatever it is you want to accomplish, expect to reach it slowly. If you are patient and willing, over time you will see the success you are achieving to reach. Nobody gets where they want to go immediately, we all have to work for it. Most importantly, never give up!