Organic. It’s a word that’s tossed about a lot! But what is it, when it’s applied to your writing?
I know I write that way. I don’t tend to plot out in detailed outlines, or paste sticky notes all over the wall to work out my stories, books, or poems. I like to get the idea, and piece it together as I go along.
You might think, well how does that work out for you very well? It does mean I might begin to write pages, or verses and then have to go back and review to make sure it all goes together. I like to edit as I write as well - a big no-no for most writers, but it’s the way I’m used to writing and how I’ve been doing it since middle school aka junior high.
I do take notes when I write. A lot of times I doodle! I do imagine where my characters are, what they are doing. And, I do sketch out general ideas, and a few plot points here and there depending on what kind of story I’m writing. I like to let ideas sift and gel in my head, too, and then get them down on paper. I have some very strange voice memos in my phone, if you know what I mean.
To me, writing organically means that it’s all fresh. It’s real. Oftentimes, I will observe or overhear something I need for my poems or stories and I use it. Once in a while, if I get stuck a lot of times someone tells me a story or I read something that makes me figure out where I need to go next with my work.
I believe that organic writing gives you that sense of real that makes a story or poem memorable, readable, relatable, and more. So how do you like to write?