Writing without a plan?

Deanne Adams, Story Coach and Mentor. Write the best book you can.
Written by Deanne Adams


A bad week of writing…

I wasn’t having a productive week of writing. But yesterday I sat down and just wrote without really knowing what I was going to write. I not only smashed my word count target, I got another plot twist out of it that I didn’t know was going to happen.

Hooray for me! 🙂


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The magic of writing without a plan

So, you might be asking – how does a breakthrough happen in the story you’re writing? How can you get that lightbulb excitement of realisation… ‘That’s what she’s going to say/do/have happen to her!’ 

A certain amount of planning, certainly. It has to come out of your head, after all. But it’s not about cudgelling your brains until you force it out of the logical bits of the grey matter. A great deal of the work is done using the bits of your brain that handle subconscious thought. In other words, relax a bit.

The most important (and the most successful) thing you can do to write a story or a novel is to write. Put yourself into the situation where your brain is able to give you the ideas. That means relaxing and just writing.

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How do you get your ideas?

Maybe you use any tools or techniques to spark your imagination?

Or do you just go with the flow and see what happens?

I would love to hear from you and learn more about your creative journey. You might inspire my own writing work!

Please share your thoughts about this fear of a blank page on my facebook group, I’ve got a story to tell. It’s a wonderful place for writers where you’ll find a lot of support and feedback from other members of the group, too.

Until next time, happy writing!

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I care passionately about words and stories. As a Story Coach and Mentor, I help writers to tell irresistible stories. I offer courses, memberships and programmes to suit beginners, developing writers and those ready to become the writer they’ve been trying to be for years.

Learn how to ‘Show more than you tell’ in your writing with my free workbook – your guide to an engaging storytelling style. You can also follow me on Facebook for more tips to support your writing journey.

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