Have you ever noticed that life comes at you in stages?
Have you ever noticed that writing is a lot like life. It comes at you in stages. Shall we compare?
The first stage of your life is birth, correct?
What is the first stage of your writing? Where do your ideas come from? You have a kernel of thought or image and it grows until you give birth to a full blown idea.
The second stage of your life is infancy / toddler.
Your story is toddling on wobbly concepts. If you're a plotter, this is the beginning when you're writing down your first scene, and throwing out more than you keep. Or if your a panster this is when you're whipping out your words, getting to know your characters.
The next stage of your life is adolescent.
The characters are still gangling and awkward. You as the author are still trying to form them.
Then comes the young adult stage.
Finally your story is becoming innovative, character or plot driven. It's turning into a fine young story.
The next stage in life is adulthood. Maturity.
Your story has found it's footing, and direction. The black moment has passed an it moves into maturity to the finish.
Then in life it's time for old age, the time of reflection. The time of life when you have wisdom. The wisdom you wished you'd had during young adulthood, and/or when you were raising your kids.
Your story is done, it's time to edit. Review the characters, the middle to see if it's sagging. Make sure the words shine. Now you know your characters inside and out, it's time to make sure the reader does. And likes them. The time for refection and wisdom.
There are many things that you can compare to writing if you think about it. But for some reason today I was thinking how my life changes with each stage I go through. Not unlike my stories when I'm writing.
Okay my rant is over for the day. Have a good one.