Changing story directions

Changing directions in your story

Changing directions in your story

Have you ever had one idea for a story, planned it out to go in one direction, only to find that it could go somewhere else?

This is what I’m starting to find in my story… there are a number of ways it could go, depending on the type of town my main character is from. She grew up in regional Victoria and it could either be a large regional center, or a smaller town that is getting smaller as people are moving away. This will be relevant a bit further along in the story.

This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me. In one story, all of a sudden, one of the characters had a heart attack! In one chapter book, I thought it was going to be a story about working to your strengths, and it turned out to be a story about being who you are and not who other people expect you to be, even your parents.

I can remember in high school having to write a plan for a story and then write the story. If the finished version didn’t match the plan, you’d lose marks. This was very hard when a story went off course and no amount of pushing would get it to go back where the plan said it should go! I learned to write my first draft, then my plan – that way they would match!

One things I’ve learned is that sometimes these changing story directions can make the story richer and more interesting than if I had followed the original idea.

Am I the only person this happens to?

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