I can identify with the ‘spending many hours alone in self-imposed silence’ bit – it’s wonderful!


‘I always have a basic plot outline, but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write’. – J.K.Rowling 
The good news is that if J.K.Rowling doesn’t need to have it all figured out before starting to write, then neither do we.

Sometimes, as writers, we put so much pressure on ourselves to have everything just right that we forget about the joy and value of spontaneity. Being spontaneous can be exciting, and this can show in our writing. It can ignite a spark that fizzes up from inside us with passion and verve, allowing us to write in a way that we might never have otherwise been able to.

Planning everything down to the last detail can stop that happening. It can make us like a caged bird. Rigid in its thinking and actions, either unable or unwilling to think outside of the cage. Never deviating…

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