IWSG: Let It Go

The IWSG is an online writer’s group. We post about our writing and our insecurities every first Wednesday of the month. Check us out here! Thanks to our co-hosts for September: Julie Flanders, Murees Dupé, Dolorah at Book Lover, Christine Rains, and Heather Gardner!  

Somewhere in August, I had this intense burst of inspiration and wrote a 150-page long story in a very short amount of time. Too bad it’s a fan fiction, so rife with Mary Sues and the fruits of too much time Google-Stalking certain movie stars that it’ll never see the light of day beyond my two best friends.

But still, it’s fun, comfort writing.

And it taught me something (as writing anything does): that letting loose while writing, not being too rigid, is the best way to write. It’s the fun way. It reminds you why you like to spend vast amounts of time in worlds you make up with people you make up (well, unless you’re writing a fanfic, that is).

So now, I’m getting back into the folds of my novel. And I’ve realized that I paused it several times now because I was being so rigid about how it needed to go and where it needed to go and what I wanted to convey.

So here we go, novel. I’ll let you breathe and I’ll let you lead. I’m half a pantser (that is, I do have a plan for this novel), but it’s the getting there that’s the problem. So, time to make like Elsa and let it go.

21 thoughts on “IWSG: Let It Go

  1. 150 pages! Wow! ^_^ Yes, totally the best way to write! I've been having this same problem! Thinking too much. I'm half thinking of taking another break, but I think I've had enough of those. >.<

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  2. Lol. Well, I was cranky too because I just didn't want to work on the novel…I'm not really sure what it is about it that bothers me so much. Which is when comfort writing is much more appealing.

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  3. I think there's merit in fanfic. It's a good way to build up technical and creative skills. It's good to have comfort writing time sometimes. I have whole books I've written that will never see the light of day either, just because they are things I wrote to work out an issue in my mind. Writing is writing.

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  4. Love this way of putting it! I often hum that song under my breath when I'm getting stressed about things, which never helps, does it? Good luck with writing wherever your road may lead!

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