February Writing Update

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?

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About Alex James

Alex James is a freelance editor, proofreader, author and book reviewer who has a passion for science-fiction and fantasy! His writing focuses on the themes of alienation and empowerment and is inspired by his experience with Asperger Syndrome. Other sources of inspiration include Star Wars, R Scott Bakker, Isaac Asimov.

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