Trust the Process…
I have said that simple statement a lot over the years to other writers.
And for years at a time I had that simple saying over my computer.
Trust the process.
So simple, yet so hard to do at times.
Tonight, let me tell you about something that happened to me to illustrate that saying.
Point one… You all know I write into the dark. I have no idea where any book or story is going, never do any work ahead, just sit down and write and trust the process, trying to entertain myself as I go along. Anything else would be too boring for words and I would have stopped decades ago.
Point two… Most of you will know I also have no memory of my own work. (I can see all my friends nodding right now.) Kris is my memory often for my own work. When I am done with a story or novel, I never look at it again. I am moving onto my next book. Someone can say a title of one of my novels to me and I can’t even remember what series it was in, let alone what it was about. Drives Allyson at WMG nuts at times.
So at the moment I am working on a Seeders Universe novel. It’s flying off into the unknown as all my books go. All great. Tonight, as I neared the end of a chapter, I wrote a simple line that jumped off the page at me.
Until I wrote that line, I had forgotten about a toss-off detail in the previous Seeders Universe novel. I have no idea why I put it in that book and since I don’t rewrite, I just left it. Sort of a detail that went nowhere.
And if I let anyone touch my books, more than likely it would have been a detail that might have gotten taken out. Or if I was silly enough to be into polishing, I would have taken out that detail.
But my creative mind put it in and I trust the process. I let the detail that went nowhere just stay.
Now, solidly into the next book, that toss-off line in the previous book (that I had completely forgotten about and not given a second thought), sprang back to life and is suddenly a major plot turning point in this new book.
No way in hell am I smart enough to plan that out ahead of time. That’s my creative voice just sort of having fun behind the scenes as I sit and try to type fast enough to keep up.
I trusted the process, didn’t rewrite to kill the process, and now in the next book here comes something I would have never thought to use, but my creative voice sat it up a book earlier.
Makes me look really smart to readers reading the series one book after another.
I am not that smart. But my creative voice is.
And I have learned to trust it.