I’ve been making progress with plans, templates, and ideas but not as much as I would like with drafts. In the last few years I have written full length stories, but not ones I’ve been happy to move forward with. I wonder if my freelance proofreading and copy editing is making me think too logically about it – using the other side of the brain, so to speak.
I have therefore identified inflexibility of thought, as well as overly logical plans, as being the culprit. I suppose logic can be seen as inevitable in some people with Asperger Syndrome. Just have a think on Rainman, Star Trek’s Spock, or Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.
It’s not the end of the world. The first step to ‘solving a problem’ (I had to put it in those terms) is identifying it and I think where plans require logic, precision, and single sequential ideas stories themselves do not. Stories require flexibility and open-mindedness. I wonder if this is why a lot of writing advice is to relax and let the words come instead of thinking too hard about it. It’s a balance between following a plan and being flexible enough to carry it out when the time comes.
Does anybody else have interesting comparisons to make on the difference between flexible creativity and rigid plans?