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try the Splurge Method
Critics of the Splurge Method have suggested it is haphazard and time consuming and a bit like flower arranging in boxing gloves.
Proponents of the method are addicted to the buzz of adrenalin to be gotten whilst living so precariously.
If you too would like to follow this method, here’s how in five
1. Think up an idea for your story
2. Research (lovely research)
3. Prepare; including characters, motivations, plot points, setting, style etc
4. Plan your plot in fine detail
5. Start writing, anything and everything which comes into your head.
It’s at point #5 where Splurging really comes into its own. Ideas beget ideas and characters (if given a free rein) will develop a life, opinions and behaviours of their own. They will tamper with your plot and send you off down all sorts of dark alleys and dead ends, as well as providing you with a few magic carpet rides to pure bliss.
BUT, if you go with the flow you’ll find yourself firing on all cylinders and sparking all over the place. It’s fun, you’re alive and your creativity will be buzzing.
At roughly twenty or thirty thousand words into the story, you will begin to realise that you are so far from your plan; you might never get back to it.
YOU HAVE REACHED
THE MOST DANGEROUS POINT OF THE SPLURGE METHOD.
The temptation to stop writing, breathe, shower, tidy the house and organise your ideas is really strong here. Some people call this the middle of manuscript blues. All your metaphorical balls are up in the air at once and it’s damn scary. How are you ever going to catch them again?
But I want to say to you - DON’T STOP. Don’t give in to the temptation to be organised and on plan. Don’t listen to your doubts or your fears or that little voice at the back of your head saying, time to tidy up. This is exactly the moment where you need to keep going. You need to write through the anxiety, write through the pain barrier, and keep splurging everything out. Who cares if it’s a mess and doesn’t make sense?
You’re going to rewrite it all anyway.
|A satisfied proponent |
of the Splurge Method
Eventually you will reach the end of your first draft. It may not be what you had planned, but it will be rich in ideas and loaded with character; plus, you will have something tangible to work with - a whole first draft!
This is the time to stop, take off the boxing gloves and try to bring order from your creative chaos. (See next blog - coming soon!) A great deal of what you have written will be cut and lots more will be added. With every rewrite, there will be more and better ideas, but gradually, over the course of time, these ideas will gain more and more focus and eventually you will have a ‘finished’ novel.
Writing is rewriting, we all know that. But if you are struggling to start somewhere, start with the Splurge Method.