Generally, when writing a story an author knows where the story is going. Generally… We typically know how the story is going to start and how it’s going to end. It’s filling in the middle part that’s the real fun area of writing. But what happens when you have no idea where the story is going and you just keeping writing? Sometimes we get stuck. Other times we keep writing to see where the story takes us. When we do this, the ending we had in mind often changes as well.
This isn’t a bad way of writing. In fact, this is the way we usually write. We sometimes have a specific ending that needs to happen, like in Full Moon Rising, our first published novel. Otherwise, most things are up in the air and the story forms as we go. Unfortunately, when we edit, sometimes we find huge gaping plot holes!
But as I said, that’s the fun part of writing. We never really know where the story is going to take us. What started as an awesome idea can change, evolve and become something even greater than we thought possible. So, just remember that there is no real way to write. Whatever is comfortable for the author is the way you should be writing. If having a set schedule works for you, DO IT. If having a routine, drinking a cup of coffee or whatever, having snacks, doing a little dance, DO IT! As a writer, you’re the only one who knows what works best for you. We’re not saying not to try to experiment with something different. Who knows that might work even better for you. What we’re saying is you know yourself better than any one person out there.
If you need an outline for the story, DO IT. However, we have read plenty of novels where writers write to an outline and the writing does turn to a sort of formula, and as a reader it tends to become boring. Whatever you need, just DO IT. No excuses. Get out there and write these amazing ideas you’ve had. No one else will do it for you.