There’s no chance of me overthinking things.

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How do you keep from overthinking your story?

It’s very simple, it’s not my story.

As I’ve mentioned several times, I have no conscious input into what I write. I see a film in my head and simply put down what happens. Whether I’m typing or dictating, it’s all the same.

This has its advantages, I don’t have to spend hours desperately having to work out what happens next and there is no agonising over plot holes or character development. And, of course, there’s no overthinking on my part. It’s all done for me. The story on the page is pure, exactly as I saw it.

It sounds like a very simple way to produce fiction, just a case of copying down what you see.  And I suppose it is, as long as things are working properly. But, as the content and delivery are beyond my control, there are disadvantages.

The thing that people don’t consider, the flip side to not having to put any effort in (except the typing), is that I never know what will happen in the story next. When we reach the twist, or the part where everything is explained, it’s as much of a shock to me as it hopefully is to the reader. After all, we’re both experiencing it at the same point in our journey through the pages.

It’s the same with the ending, it just happens, I never know when it will be.

In every story that I start, I don’t even know if it will ever reach a conclusion or whether whoever is sending me this stuff will get bored and suddenly stop, leaving me with another half-finished project.

That’s where overthinking can creep in, as I wait to find out what will happen next.

In quite a few cases, I might initially see just enough to complete a short story and assume that’s all there is. Then, at some time in the future, the narrator will reappear and turn it into a novel.

The one thing I can’t do is try to complete a story on my own, the difference in quality is immediately apparent. I have to be patient and wait for the real thing.

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4 Responses

    • Richard Dee

      I want to finish them all, the voices in my head often have other ideas.

  1. Samantha J Bryant

    Interesting! Writing sometimes feels to me like I’m channeling a story from somewhere else, too, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty editing, I can still get stuck in overthinking. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

    • Richard Dee

      I’ve learned to trust the voices in my head. If I try to intervene, they have an alarming habit of leaving me hanging.

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