Evolution of the Story While Writing

I had my entire plot planned out for Journey to Ariadne beforehand, and now I have to change things, but just a little.

I had a bit of inspiration earlier this week while washing dishes.  This inspiration made a lot of sense, and in fact, made my story much stronger.  It’ll only be hinted at in Journey to Ariadne, but it features strongly in the book after.  Not only that, it gives future books a greater sense of purpose.  I like this idea.

Of course, I’m not going to say what it is, and you’ll never know what this idea is, even after reading the books.  It’ll appear as if it were something that was originally thought of when developing the story. Nope, not at all.

Curious?  Well, I might tell you long after the books are done.

Anyone have the same thing happen?


14 thoughts on “Evolution of the Story While Writing”

  1. Several times. My current book had a massive character tone shift in the third draft that caught me off guard. My next one decided that it wanted to do the one thing I didn’t want to do in the trilogy…and it makes perfect sense (stupid subconscious, always having good ideas). Finally, someone remarked how one of my characters talks very modern (it’s a dark fantasy, ostensibly medieval), an intentional style choice, and now I know why in-universe she does.

  2. I have a set beginning, a rough end and a skeletal middle structure, but beside that, I try to let my characters and story have free rein so they can do this exact kind of thing. It’s neat to write something off-the-cuff and then realize it can connect nicely to something else I hadn’t previously considered…

  3. I love it when this happens! It makes me feel like a genius! When it happened to me the first time, I wondered how many other writers had had that moment where everything fell into place due to one little factoid transforming into actual fact.

    Can’t wait to make my guess.

  4. I love that feeling when inspiration strikes and everything fits together. What is it about washing dishes? That’s when I get a lot of my best ideas, too. It’s a great form of meditation. 🙂

    1. I’m not sure. I let my mind wander when I wash dishes. It’s the most boring thing to do. It happens to me when I’m in the shower and walking alone.

    1. What’s funny is that I’m writing a prequel before I actually write my main novel. But I’ll start writing the first intended novel before I do all the editing and rewriting of the prequel.

  5. Inspiration is in the arts! It’s what makes a painting pop! A sculpture come alive! It’s exciting when it happens in writing, and I am so glad to recently discover that!
    I agree with Sue Archer about washing dishes freeing the mind, it’s got something to do with water and spirit, plus getting your hands wet so you can’t possibly write it down at the time it comes! *chuckle*
    Look forward to hearing about/ reading about your inspiration when it’s time!

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