There comes a time in every writer’s endeavors that the story takes a walk on the dark side. The characters begin to act strange, things become more unpredictable by the letter, the story seems to be escaping your grasp until eventually you’re stuck with no idea of how to continue. Of course, you have a few scenarios in mind but they either don’t fit perfectly or will give a way the fact you ran out of gas and just needed something to finish things up and move on.
However, the way you’ve written the story was deliberate. You’ve thought it through, you’ve put in the effort, developed the characters, built the world with your bare mind and the help of the Source, and, on top of that, you’re about four to five hundred pages in, way too late to start half-assing.
So, what do you do? What do you do when it feels like your story is escaping you, that you’re stuck in the dark with no flashlight, without a road map or instruction? Your intuition seems to have left the building, gone on vacation at the worst time. What the hell do you do?
Alright, I won’t kill you with the suspense.
The answer is to embrace the darkness.
Embrace the darkness.
I know, I know. What the hell does that mean?
Well, I’ll tell ya. The thing is that in order to get in touch with The Source or your higher creative faculties, you have to let go of control. The story happens when you allow it to flow through you instead of consciously trying to dictate every detail. The art of story is mostly intuition based, it requires a calm, clear, and nonjudgmental mind. It requires the writer to tap into the boundless and godly love they possess for the characters, the world, and the story they’ve created.
In other words, when writing in the dark you have to let go of the fear of losing your story. You have to face your fears head-on so you characters can face theirs.
The thing about the darkness is that it is not evil. Sure, evil people use the darkness to do nefarious things but it is not darkness itself that is evil. It is simply a catalyst for development.
The darkness shows you who you really are. So, when your story goes dark, your characters are trying to show you who they really are and how their story really goes. The reason writers struggle with this is that they don’t embrace the chaos, they try to control every detail because they thing writing is about them showing off their skills and imagination when it is really a cathartic experience meant to teach you about yourself.
Whatever pains you’ve gone through as a writer, what ever wrongs have been done to you, whatever harsh truths you had to learn, know that when your story and characters go dark, they are simply trying to show you who they and you truly are.
Alright, that’s my spiel. Til next week. . .