Keeping Things Interesting

After a while of writing the first draft, you start to realize that the writing becomes a chore. You don’t know what to do, you can’t figure out. I face that a lot, but one thing I keep in mind is choosing to raise the stakes within the chapter so that the next chapter I would have something to continue down. And then force me to think of new ways to surprise and entertain the reader. 


A reason why most people refuse to use this method because they have a grand plan or feel that it would be better to hold it off.

 It is never a good idea to hold it off


Going in the direction when you feel it might work might make it feel as though it would be too rushed or it wouldn’t make any sense. Then realize that it doesn’t need to. You have time to add in all the details, to add on a little more in the previous chapters. But for a first chapter, go with the gut feeling. 
Trust me, my gut feeling often made it harder but also better at the same time. It forced me to think about the hard questions I likely never would have thought of if I was simply went with my original plan. Or that I would never have discovered the better ways. 


And that’s the point of the first draft. It is writing a story, but it is also discovering just what that story can actually be. Some stories are straightforward, easy. But some would force us in the direction that we would have never have treaded
It isn’t always better, it isn’t always good. But writing is a series of trying and failing. A chance to figure out just what the story needs. Most books are products of many many drafts, rewrites. Which also means many failures before reaching the destination. 


It isn’t easy, but with each rewrite you would be sure that you have made progress somewhere. 


What if I don’t know what to do? 


Take a break, watch something, just don’t try to write. Sometimes things don’t just come by staring at a blank screen, but take a break. Give your mind a rest and perhaps there might be something that would call back to you. 
Even if there’s not, you won’t feel defeated or frustrated at the work. Or at yourself for not being creative. And that’s the point to being a writer. Try not to become frustrated and to continue working on it as they could. 


Writing a story is knowing how to make each page interesting, how to make things come to life. Good writing is making everything become reality, the words would simply flow. Where it can be narrated in the heads of the reader. That to me is good writing. Where I simply continue reading or I can hear the voice. 


Keeping things interesting for me is that the story is moving along with each page. There is something more and something happening. It should not be only at the beginning or the climax. The middle can be interesting as long as you know how to raise the stakes to the point that the climax would be much more interesting than simply solving the inciting incident.