Obstacle #12: Rigidity

Happy Friday, fellow writers!

I apologize in advance if this post is discombobulated, but apparently I managed to catch an end-of-winter-yay-spring cold, relapsed a fever and trying hard not to hack out a lung…

Today’s topic is lack of flexibility, aka rigidity.

There are as many types of writers as there are books and writing styles, but we do have a few points in common. Flexibility is kind of an all-encompassing term, really, but what I mean by it is the ability to bounce around. Or stretch. Or whatever analogy floats your boat.

Writing itself requires flexibility, right? Whether you start from the beginning, the end, point C or H, you’ll prooobably end up changing course at some point, either to rewind or skip forward. Your plot? It’ll evolve (or sometimes degenerate?). Characters? They’ll start writing themselves, watch out for any punches they throw your way. The world you’re building? … Well, that one could be just as you imagined it in the first place, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it picked itself up and walked out on me. And of course, constructive criticism. (“Kill your darlings,” anyone?)

All that (and more) requires some pretty heavy flexibility, and if you can’t handle any combination– I’m impressed, but a little worried. If you’re unwilling to bend or alter things, I imagine something will snap at some point. Yikes.

But like everything in writing and in life, you set up limits. How much are you willing to change, and what parts will stay rigid? Do you set limits for your writing? How much are you willing to take constructive criticism and un-rigidify your plot/characters/world/style?

I guess it’s pretty rigid of me insisting to post this today instead of tomorrow (don’t wanna be late!), but we all have our– faults? Sorry if this isn’t up to par. I might attempt to fix it later, or I just lost myself at sea and hope to make it back in time for next week’s post.

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