I need to make a plan – a plan to write another story – but not just another story……the one I started long ago.
I started to write a story – a story that would be grand in my mind’s eye. A story that I would sit and daydream about as the scenes played out like watching a movie – they were perfect, but they were only small scenes – not the whole story. I drew comics about the characters, changed them out, re-imagined them, sometimes changed the names and what they were doing, but they were all there. At one time, I wrote out a short story version of the book, and tried to cram as many events into it as I could. In the end, the book was twenty hand-written pages. I felt like I had written a small opus! I read it a few times, and always enjoyed my characters that were developed over time.
One day, I had a friend who had a word processor, and allowed me to type my story onto it, save it, and print it out – so I did. I meticulously tapped out every single word that I had written in my notebook, and when I was done, I felt a sense of accomplishment – a sense that I had written quite a bit……..and then I hit the print button and printed it out.
My story turned out to be three pages long.
I’m sure there are many people who have also felt like this is a very humbling experience. To me, it was more like a crushing blow. I thought I had written a veritable ton of material and it had some real meaning, but then after re-reading it in computer-generated font and neatly printed, I realized that I had written a very very short story at best.
This thing needed fleshing out – badly.
When I write stories, I tend to just let the words roll off my brain and flow onto the paper. Apparently, this is not a good form of writing. When I was in school, we were taught about how to outline stories. It’s a way of putting structure to a story or book so that way it follows some sort of logical path. I went to one of my favorite fantasy authors, Kate Forsyth, and asked her if she just wrote out her stories, or if she outlines her books too. She told me she always outlines.
Well………there you have it, right from one of my favorite sources, so I guess I’d best learn how to make an effective outline so I know how to flesh out my story – my writing baby that I’d cared for since the 80’s.
Some day………..my story will be written. At least nowadays I have ways of publishing my book myself, so I won’t have to worry about finding a publisher to do it for me, which is a huge plus, so maybe there was a method to waiting this long after all. I do hope people enjoy it once it’s done, although in the end, it doesn’t matter, because I’m writing from my heart – my soul, and it’s up to the world whether they like it or not. For me……….I’ve loved it from the start.