It’s Organic

On Sunday afternoon, I sat outside with paper and pen in hand and wrote what I think is the last part of the first section of the novel. The Smiths were playing on the stereo and there was a warm breeze through the tree that I was sitting under. I didn’t even know what time it was. Nor did I care.

That is what I call a perfect day. Five or so hours later, I was exhausted. A good exhausted. Like I’ve gone into the depths of myself, tapped into whatever it is that I call creativity, and came out the other side. I know that this is me.

I notice that many writers talk about the amount of words they are writing, that they have a certain numeric goal to attain. I don’t seem to have this. I wonder if that is because I didn’t know that is how it all worked. But, I think now that maybe it has more to do with the way I decided to approach the writing. Allowing the process to be organic.

The funny thing is, I didn’t even know, at least on a conscious level, that the end of the section was near. Lately, I go to write what I am calling “the break up scene” and I wrote something else – something that is going to make everything all that much more tragic. So, it is that whole, “make a plan and God laughs ” thing. Like life, the writing needs to happen without expectation. You can have a general idea, but unless you let go of the expectation of what you think is going to be, you’ll never be open to the possibilities.

That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t reign it in at some point. Or, that the writing is perfect, for I know that there will be tweaking and editing to do. But, for now, I can say that I accomplished the beginning of something.


About Melanie J. Fishbane

MAUD, my YA novel based on the teen life of author L.M. Montgomery will be published by Penguin Random House on April 25, 2017. I hold an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Here I talk about my writing process, things I love, and creative people who inspire me.
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