Sometimes, when you’re world-building things just happen. You start working on something and the story takes a left-hand turn from where you thought you were going.
If you roll with it, you are what is called a ‘pantster’ because you are flying by the seat of your pants. If you meticulously layer things on, plan everything out to the Nth degree – you are a planner. There is nothing wrong with either process – the first allows for breathtaking plot twists, the second requires you to lay the seeds as they go and stick to the plan.
I fall somewhere in between – I have a general picture and a few major scenes in mind and I enjoy the journey from start to finish… but with pantsing – it’s hard to get things back and actually, you know… finish the story.
One of the things I love about FlashFiction is the fact that I write a complete story in a short period of time – I prune out every sub-plot and unnecessary bit of fluff to get to the meat of the story… and then after it’s done, I can put more meat on the skeleton– I can expand on things I wanted to write more about – it’s the difference between sculpting with a chisel, chipping away at a solid block and forming the artwork, and sculpting with something malleable, and building up the features.
Two very different approaches, but they both end in art. And the coolest thing – art begets art.
Today’s Prompt: Cut to the bone.
Go forth and create art!