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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Delirious Writing — IWSG (30)

Lets talk about delirious writing sessions. 

You know the ones, right?

Not to be confused with drunk writing—I'm talking about those spurts where you're like "Yeah, man! I'm in the zone! I'm busting these words out. I'm totally killing it." You write for hours. And more hours. But you don't dare look back. It's best to avoid the "edit & revise distraction", am I right? I mean, the story is flowing so flawlessly from your mind, you just don't want to mess with the process.

Next few days, you pick right back up where you left off. You only had a couple hours of sleep, went to work, took care of your family and all other responsibilities, but . . . man oh man, your creativity is still hard at work and you just go for it. The plot twists are genius!  Your characters are so darn imperfectly perfect that you wanna cry. Nothing is stopping you now!

You just know you're going to blow people's minds . . . 

And then you go back to find that you are most definitely going to break record in shocking your readers . . . because you hardly made any sense in about 70% of what you wrote o_O

No? This never happened to you? 

Err . . . well, I've had my moments. Never where I thought I wrote flawless-anything, but where I felt that I've made major progress and that all I'd have to do is tweak around to keep my facts straight. Which would be great if my facts or my awesome ideas didn't include:

*** Misspelling . . . a lot. I once spent about about fifteen minutes trying to figure out why the word "payed" made me pause. 

*** One of my characters left once to go, umm,  "flower plants." And sure my characters in The Luminaries do have some special abilities, but well, nothing like that.

*** In Static, while I was busy at work, the most fantastic idea hit me. I *knew* THIS was the new direction for the group. I *knew* it would fit perfectly into the story lines I had going. It was as if I already knew what would happen to the group. Well, apparently I did know. As I went to write down my genius thought on my loose outline . . . I found the same idea staring at me—judging me, I might add. But clearly if I thought of it twice it was definitely the way to go. I did say writing "on couple hours" of sleep didn't I?  O_O

*** I've had contradictions. Repeated convos. And lots of missing words . . . you know, the ones your eyes "fill in" for you. I figure I might have been hungry so I just ate those words, readers be damned.  :P

What about you? 
Any funny moments from delirious writing?

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  1. Delirious writing. Being in the zone. Going with the flow. Love it all! :)

  2. I make all those mistakes and I don't even delirious-write, just plain old everyday writing. First drafts suck, and that's the way it is. But you can revise a page that's crappy, but not a page that's blank. Keep on writing no matter what - delirious or not! :)

  3. You have a way of making that all, sound like so much fun. I like being in the zone, but I end up with a lot that I don't use, HOWEVER, I learn a lot of backstory, get to know my character better and world build,so in a way I do use it, just not in the actual story. Great post,
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

  4. I agree with Lexa. But I could do with some of that delirious potion please, it sounds like fun. I am far too serious and need to lighten up a bit :)Great post, SK. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Flower plants - that's great! I can't remember the funnier mistakes I've made, but I'm sure there have been many.

  6. I rarely have a case of delirous writing, but I've had a few instances when the ideas flowed rather quickly, and by that I mean those days I reached 2k. I have a habit of leaving out little words like of, at, in, and I thank the Lord for spellcheck!!!

  7. I do that a lot late at night, thinking "Oh my gosh, this is brilliant!" And the next morning it's unreadable.

  8. I call it the next morning reality! Then I often ask myself where my brain was while I was putting all of that gobbledgook on the page.

  9. I'll bet all of us remember similar experiences Kathryn. We write till nothing on the page makes sense cause we're all bleary-eyed. In the morning, it's a whole different story, in more ways than one! :)

  10. I've repeated the same paragraph almost verbatim before. More than once. Maybe a lot more than once! LOL

  11. Can't say I've had moments where I had delirious writing sessions. I've had typos that made me think WTF were my fingers doing?! LOL

  12. I'm still laughing from the character flowering the plants. And "payed" has become one of my regular words now, so I consider you a creative genius. More than usual. You're not the only one, though, so take comfort in knowing our special friend and his "deaf people hear things others miss" and the character who threw a boilermaker instead of a haymaker in a fistfight. You're in great company!

  13. Ah yes!!!! It's definitely a good thing though as I have a horrible habit of editing as I go, so I much prefer the delirious flow, typos and all. And it makes for some hilarious moments later. I have had so many "flowering the plants" moments I can't even count! I think my favorite delirious writing flub was writing "run the gamete" instead of "gamut" ugh!!! And sadly it got past me and my agent politely corrected it. I wanted to die, especially since I'd JUST signed with her and figured surely she'd drop me on account of confusing a sex cell with a wide range lol!

  14. All mine start deliriously. I'll read over my first drafts and sometimes can't help but wonder what the hell I was thinking!

  15. Nope. I wouldn't know what any of that is like. I'm perfect, y'see. Yup.

    Entertaining read!

  16. most of my delirious writing is when i wake up in the middle of the night from a dream and try to make sense out of the amazing idea i had... it usually turns out to be crazy mumbo jumbo - but it made so much sense in my dream!

    fun post!

  17. Oh yes, we've both been there. It definitely keeps you humble when you think you sped-wrote the next great American novel and then look back and realize you introduced a plot hole so gigantic you ended up having to write entire chapters all over again.

  18. Ha, ha, yes. Then I wonder what on earth I was thinking and where my brain was at the time. Thanks for the laughs. I'm glad I'm not the only one. :)