Sunday, July 8, 2012

When the story goes all wibbly-wobbly

For even the most dedicated of plotters, stories sometimes take unexpected turns. A secondary character becomes key to the plot. A third-person point of view gets up close and personal, morphing into first person. A setting moves across the pond.

A twisty path. Credit.
Unexpected can be good or it can take you so far off course that you barely recognize the original story. Then you have the choice of either going back, deleting and following your original course or taking the new path that appears before you.

What to do...what to do...

With one novel--which is now hidden deep in the trunk--I stuck to my guns and stuck with the plot, deleting those little plot bunnies that appeared and left a mess all over everything.

But with my current story, I'm going with the flow. My main character's love interest has become more than just a summer fling--he's an integral part of the story and even has his own voice now, which changed the POV of the story from third person limited to third person omniscient. I've never written anything in omniscient before and am struggling with how to corral the voices, how to transition between my's a challenge. But, because I think this is going to work out even better than originally planned (if I can get a hold of this squirmy POV, that is), I'm hanging in there.

What about you--do you follow those turns or do you go where the wind takes you?


  1. I'm mostly a pantster - although I do a bit of plotting in my head - so I tend to always follow the twists as they pop up. Sometimes that doesn't work out, but for the most part, it's fun and it works!

  2. I totally go where the wind takes me, though I do have an idea of where I want to end up. So I try to steer the wind... Yeah, that sounds about right.

  3. As long as I'm still drafting, I follow those plot bunnies everywhere. But come editing time, I weed out quite a lot! Still, I like to think that all the original writing is helpful for character development...