Recently, I was quite thoroughly and inexplicably ambushed by a project of epic proportions.
What is this project, you ask?
Well, apparently, I’m now writing a musical. I can’t give you all the details, because it’s still a very early work in progress, but I can say that I never expected myself to write a musical. Even less so did I expect to be ambushed by a project I wasn’t even sure I wanted.
That brings me to the theme of today’s blog post.
What I like to call an “ambush” project is any project that springs to life seemingly on its own. You wake up, and WHAM! it hits you like an anvil over the head. (That just hurts like the dickens!)
These can, and most of the time (with me anyway) do turn out to be some of the greatest things you’ll ever write. Why is that?
Because it already has a life of its own.
The one thing we strive to do as writers is to bring a story to life so vividly that people never question whether the characters are real or not. They are.
If something abushes you, with dialogue and actions just spilling onto the page, you should embrace it! It has taken on a life of its own and flown off on its own. All you have to do is watch and record.
Honestly, sometimes it’s easier if a project ambushes you, because that’s less work to do for the first draft, but don’t get me wrong! Just because the first draft ambushes you and flops itself onto the page, don’t think you won’t have to edit.
If anything, you’ll end up editing more and being even more cautious, because you care about it more. Because it’s GOOD. There’s no shame in letting a project jump onto a page in a matter of 30 to 60 days. Heaven knows I’ve done it a number of times! Just make sure, in the end, you give it the attention and loving correction it needs to turn it into a masterpiece. A true bestseller.
Because being ambushed isn’t bad when you’re a writer.
When was the last time an entire storyline or dialogue or book just came to you? Has that ever happened?
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