Life is complicated, therefore writing should be complicated. This is not necessarily the case.
Writing is described often as an art or as a calling or a vocation or even a career. It has so many labels that people often try to make it more complicated. They push for something that resembles a masterpiece. This in itself is not a bad goal to have but there’s something to be said for keeping it simple. The heart of writing is humanity. Writing is about people. It can involve representations of human nature in other things such as animals or robots but at essence it is about the human condition. Without characters there would be no story at all.
Have you ever watched or read something that was so incredibly complicated but seemed to lack something, almost as if the writer had tried so hard to be clever that it worked against the story instead of for it. The characterization may come across as implausible and the story more complex that it needs to be. It’s easy to fall into this mistake but remember that if you ask most people for their favourite film or favourite book and why it’s their favourite, they often mention a favourite character or scene. Often they may not even be able to say why they like it, it has something that they want and that’s the essence of it.
It’s always worthwhile to work out your stories, to imagine them and where they might be going, but remember that it’s not about trying to be exceptionally clever, it’s about the story itself. It’s about those particular characters in those particular settings, what they think and feel and what happens to them. Don’t let your desire to be a good writer override that knowledge. Writing is not always something that can be grasped consciously, often it has to be allowed the freedom to be what it is, even if you don’t actually know what that really means.
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