“I’ll just cross the bridge when I get there.”
I use this idiom to describe how I write. I don’t make outlines. I don’t like planning ahead. I will start writing with the premise of the story as my only guide. It might sound careless and disorganized but it works for me. Maybe because I’m not really a visionary and I need to get to the certain parts of the story before ideas would start forming in my head. Maybe because I am too lazy to do some planning. Maybe because I am a naturally disorderly person (my messy work desk is the proof to that) or maybe because I also want to feel like I am reading a novel. I want to surprise myself with how every chapter of the story would unfold in my mind as I write. Sometimes I do not know what the real major conflict of the story would be and I will only find out at some point while writing the first few chapters. I usually do not know how the story would end except that it has to end happily. In short, every time I write, I just let my imagination take me to where it wants to lead me without planning ahead. And miraculously, things will often fall into place. Been doing this for the past 10 years. It still amazes me until now how things can be done this way. I know some writers who also write the way I do. Maybe this is the reason why it usually takes long for me to finish a manuscript. But what the heck, this is how I write.
That idiom above, when you translate it in Filipino, you’ll get the phrase “Bahala na.” So, yes, I am a “Bahala Na” person whenever I write.
Most writers would prepare outlines, drafts and even do story mapping before they start writing. I admire their patience. But I still prefer the way I write no matter how unsystematic it may sound.
So, my point is… nothing. Wala lang. Para may masabi lang. 🙂