Sometimes, the best inspiration comes from the strangest places. Last night, when frustrated with a few details from a book I got the best line of inspiration I’d had in a long time.

Go with your gut.

I seem to forget that on occasion when I’m writing. I get lost in the details, trying to make everything lace together and forget the most important part.

Yep, I’m a pantser, and while a lot of my stories are at least roughly plotted out, I have learned that the more plotted it is, the more stale it feels to me as a writer. I love the organic growth and gut feeling I get when I grin, laugh, cry, or even yell at the computer when I put something down on the screen.

I know, I know, there’s a lot of people out there who swear by plotting out their stories. And that’s great. I’m glad it works for them. For me, though, the story always seems more interesting when I don’t plot it out, and instead just let it flow and see what happens and where it goes.

I have to remember that going with my gut is how I do it. And it works for me. The extraneous stuff can always be weaved in later.

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