This rider is soon going to have choose which way to go because the trail forks. Up the mountain, or down to the valley floor?
Which way is better?
Neither is better.
Both ways are great.
What does this have to do with keeping my plot on track, Margie's pick for this week's topic?
They're kind of the same, you see.
Plots and trails.
Exactly like when my daughter and I ride. Although we like familiar trails, we often take trails we've never seen before. It's part of the adventure. Not knowing what's around the bend, over the hill, or beyond the trees makes our days fun. The last day we rode this fall, we stumbled upon a lake surrounded by orange and gold aspens.
We sat and stared in awe of it's beauty for quite awhile.
We might have done that if we knew ahead of time it was there. (OK, we would have).
But it's so much fun to explore the new, the untested. This past fall, we rode four new trails we'd never seen before and each one was better than the last.
This is exactly how I feel about writing. If I were to plot, I'd enjoy the ride, just because I like to write. It's satisfying to put words on paper, either way. But to open a blank document with no idea how I'm going to get to the end, with all the twists and turns, that makes the journey all the more fun.
The other day, Eve took a turn I never saw coming. If I'd plotted ahead, it never would have happened. Like, riding an unfamiliar trail, I love to see where my characters take me. And often, something really unexpected and exciting happens.
So, Margie, my advice is to not get your plot back on track, but sit back, let Bix take the reins for awhile and see where he leads you. He just may take you somewhere unexpected, but completely wonderful. And if he doesn't, then just turn around and go back to the fork in the trail, and take the other direction.