Writing Tip #11
“Dive into the Unknown.”
— Michael Weaver —
If you wish to write something that could change your life (as well as others) you have to be willing to "Dive into the Unknown" and explore new and unfamiliar territory. Over time, writing gradually has a way of taking on a life of its own - however only if you are willing to let it take you to places that you never intended on going in the first place.
While it is important to have an overarching concept of what you are writing in the form of a premise (more on that in upcoming tips), any groundwork laid will only serve at best as a very general sketch of the writing landscape you are seeking to explore.
For me, the hallmark of good writing is that it transports the author as they participate in the process of writing - initially surprising them in much the same way that a good book surprises the audience taking the time to read what's been written. There is one caveat to all of this, something that I've been trying to emphasize throughout all of my writings - you have to be able to let go of the writing process.
Here is where the importance of separating writing from the process of editing, as nothing will kill exploratory writing (diving into the Unknown) quicker than attempting to edit while you create. Is it difficult to let go and just write whatever comes out? Yes, yes it is.
However learning to let go and allow the writing process to flow is also an incredibly freeing experience - one where you literally have no limits (except for your premise) to hold you back from your writing.
At this point some of you might be wondering about continuity and coherence. However such concerns are critical components of the editing process, which can only be done effectively after you write.
So, when you're in writing mode, give yourself permission to explore whatever comes up. Who knows you might even have a little bit more fun during this whole process.