In this episode, Jeph Jacques and the Writing Excuses gang look at the potential perils, pitfalls, and epiphanies of discovery writing!
Discovery writing is an exciting way to develop a story, a creative process without any framework, where you simply let the words and ideas flow from your pen. Authors such as James Thurber and Stephen King have used it, with great success.
However, if you’ve ever tried discovery writing yourself, you may have run into one possible downside to this technique: writing yourself (and your characters) into a corner that only a deus ex machina or an extensive rewrite can fix.
Author Jeph Jacques has painted himself into a lot of different corners over the course of his career. As the creator of the online comic, Questionable Content, he uses discovery writing all the time to develop ongoing storylines. As a result, he’s also come up with a lot of effective techniques for rescuing himself from said corners.
Download the episode here.
[Running time: 17 minutes]
[Warning: Discovery writing can lead to feelings of intense euphoria followed by unexpected moments of anger and hair-pulling. Always have one of those squishy stress balls nearby and never attempt this technique while off your meds!]