The Elusive Plot.

So recently I found out who won a writing competition that I had entered and it’s got me thinking.

The winner’s concept sounds really good, (‘The Name on Your Wrist’ by Helen Hiorns if you want to find it.) and so I’ve fallen slightly into the “Well, of course I didn’t get anywhere, my plot was so generic… boring even.” thought patterns.

Now, I get paranoid fairly easily, and I am a known worrier, but still I wonder:

If you never come up with that lucky, new-idea plot, are you doomed to a life of mediocre writing success?

This has lead to me frantically scrambling to write down as many new additions to the plot of my current book as I can.

But can you force a spark of genius?

Should you?


People like to say that ‘writing is a craft, it can be learned just like any other skill.’ So, does the probability of our spark happening increase with every year that we write?

Or is success in writing just a plain old mix of natural talent and luck?

Okay, so I asked a lot of questions there and I can’t answer them, not for at least a good number of years.

I’d like to believe that if you’re passionate enough and hard-working enough about something that you are destined to achieve success at some point. So that’s what I’ll leave this post on.

Success is out there. Not just for the lucky, or even in what you expect it to be in, but it will be success somewhere.

At least, it better damn well be.

Who says?

I keep on reading pieces of advice for writers, as I would love to be one myself, and I keep on getting feelings of panic, worry or even shame from the comments in them.

What comments are these?

The type that say “Good writers shouldn’t worry about whether what they are writing is good” or “Writers don’t worry about the time they have to write something in, or where they start in a piece.”

What I think to that is usually “Well, that must mean I’m not a real writer then…” and I drift into my natural state of insecurity.

But you know what?

am a real writer. I have a passion for it, and I enjoy doing it.

So what if I also happen to be an insecure perfectionist with stress issues? Most people around my age are anyway.

I always dislike generalisations, usually in the context of extroverts thinking they know how people should act or that it’s easy, and this is no different.

If you are the type of person who edits as she goes along, worries about something being good enough, worries about finding the time around something else she loves to do, (I know, shocking that people may have multiple passions or a job they love alongside writing!), then keep on being you.

Keep on doing what you love, and don’t ever let anyone tell you what you are. Only you know that.

I don’t even know you and I think you’re awesome.