Get that? Can it be any clearer? Oh sure some people will still argue about it until they’re blue in the face and then argue some more when writers calmly tell them “Don’t plan, just write.” It’s the nature of the dance between a reader that thinks they can write and a writer that’s been doing it for longer than the reader’s been flipping pages. You don’t plan to write, you simply write. If you have to plan then the chances are that what you write might not be all that great or that you might be selling out the moment someone offers you a crisp dollar bill. And that’s still not writing, it’s performing a trick for those that are willing to pay for the spectacle.

Writers don’t plan.

Yes you might contest this stating that of course they do. Writers keep outlines, they have a set direction in which their story needs to go, and they have notes aplenty that help them to move the story along in the way they desire. Fair enough, some do, but when you sit down to write the plan can turn to ash at a moment’s notice as it might no longer conform to what the writer wants. The mood of a writer can change like the tides, and will be just as barren or as flush as it can be on a regular basis. Planning doesn’t factor into it all the time unless you’re a control freak, in which case you are in the wrong profession.

You’re not there to control the story, you’re not there to control the reader, hell you’re not even there to control how your ideas hit the page. The writer is there to convey the story, to let it grow legs and run whichever way it will and entertain whoever reads it. They’re there to be the narrator, the caretaker, the guide at times and the voice of the story as it rolls out among those that want to be amazed. But one thing it doesn’t do is adhere to planning.

A story that’s planned out is going to miss out on a lot of details.


Your job is to tell the story, and from there it’s up to the reader to read it and the story to entertain. As writer’s we’re the conduit between the different realms of imagination and the reader. We’re the doorway that opens to let the story come forth, we’re not the blueprint, the diagram, or even the faint, lingering outline that is meant to give structure to the story.

Don’t plan to write, just write.


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