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Importance of Creative Flexibility In The Writing Process

This solution is based on an enquiry that I received from a student and writer about how to balance out the rigidity of planning plot details with having creative flexibility to accommodate new ideas during the writing process. This is essentially a look into the balancing process of proper planning versus creative freedom without 'losing the plot', so to speak.

Actual Enquiry: I am often conflicted about the amount of effort that is invested in the planning phase of the writing process and having to keep the creative side in check while writing. I am always left wondering what do with new ideas that come up while writing, ideas that I think might improve the creative value of my literary piece. What are some of the core factors worth considering when trying to conceptualise and evolve upon an idea in creative writing?

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When it comes to creative writing and achieving quality and consistency, the popular consensus always favours the planning and layout of the plot before the actual writing process. Many established and iconic authors, including JK Rowlins would attest to this fact (Brady, 2013).

However, there's also something to be said about the slightly less popular approach of openness and flexibility in plot. In fact, one can even argue that this isn't necessarily mutually exclusive to pre-planning. In other words, consider the different between a firm plot and a story. Authors can often plan out what they want to create before the creative process begins, but in doing so, they leave substantial room to accommodate changes that might be prompted during the actual creative process of writing. This is why it is probably essential to always give priority to the key underlying story and remain flexible with how the plot unfolds towards conveying such a narrative.

With the writing process, one can start by visualising their ideas but also while avoiding being too specific about minor details that might become cumbersome at a later point.

There are often two ways to approach the subject of plot planning and creative writing. The first, which is rather challenging but also popular convention, is to have a very certain and firm idea of the entire plot from beginning ...

Solution Summary

A discussion on the conceptualisation process when it comes to writing and creative writing. The solution focuses on the dilemma that can occur between adequate pre-planning and creative flexibility and how to address this dilemma while making a case for both aspects of the writing processes.