When writing your book just know that your book WILL change.
Perhaps not a ton, perhaps only a little, or perhaps it will be a completely different book than the one you intended on writing in the first place.
This isn’t a bad thing though. As you write, your ideas will grow and form. You might realize that what sounded like a great idea before doesn’t really work well in application. You may be hit with a sudden inspiration to go a different direction.
But in all seriousness, go for it! If you feel your book changing, you need to allow it. If you stick too tightly to your original plan, your writing will come out forced and it will sound that way to your readers. Take the new path and see where the new ideas lead you. If you hate them you can always go back and try again.
In other words, planning and outlining your book is important. But it is also just as important to allow your book to change and evolve as you write.
Just this week I was working on my chapter on Gale Hawthorne. I have been struggling with this character for awhile. However, as I was writing, I had new ideas come to my mind and realized that those ideas were more interesting for readers than my original. It meant immediately changing gears, but my book will be better for it!
Happy Writing Everyone!
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