When you plan your writing, you try to fit it into a mold. You search for the right words instead of letting the right words find you. You try to tame it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a post or a novel that you’re writing. You may see it through to the end, and it may even be good, but will it sound your depths? Will it go beyond the cliches that your mind has picked up from other writers? Beyond all those literary devices that make it read like a story everyone has read before?
When words do not come easily, when you struggle to write, it’s not writer’s block. And it’s not a question of you not being a good writer, either. It’s just that you’re thinking too hard. You may do this subconsciously, by trying to align your writing to your vision. Let go of what you think is good writing. Give yourself the gift of writing anything, anything at all.
Something will begin to happen then. Your writing will pick up speed. It will flow. You won’t write what you thought you wanted to write, nor what you thought you had to write. You will just write. And you will enjoy it. Creative writings flows when it comes from a place deeper than the conscious mind, when it’s instinctive and intuitive.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
― Ernest Hemingway
We writers are poor judges of our writing. It’s up to readers to decide whether what we write is any good. The most that we can do is apply to our pages the filter of our taste. We shouldn’t show them everything that we write. Only what we feel is ours the most.
That’s not to say that outlining a big work or breaking it down into ideas doesn’t have its advantages. If that’s what you feel like doing, it would be a pity not to do it. But as soon as the outline is done, don’t imprison yourself in it. Allow yourself to forget it.
“A word after a word after a word is power.”
― Margaret Atwood
Good writing needs space to happen. Deadlines won’t hurt it. Nor will form. But taking preconceived notions to the page will. All you need to create that space is to stop thinking and just write. Whether your writing sells or not doesn’t matter if you enjoy writing it. But most of the time, if you enjoy it, other people will enjoy it, too.
Do you agree? Or do you always plan your writing, all the time?