“I hardly do any preplanning, just fretting and wheel spinning

Geoff Dyer

Had to laugh when I read this writing quote by British novelist Geoff Dyer, and realized I really could relate.

I also do minimal planning before a story. Generally, I have a scene or a big-picture idea. I may even have a voice of one character.

Although this looser approach allows my imagination to ‘run loose’, and I often have settings or characters I hadn’t considered when I set out to write my story, the flip side is that I may also spend a little too much time running around like these little hamsters above.

‘Fretting and wheel spinning’ seems a pretty apt description some days. I may as well own up to it and picture myself in that little wheel when I don’t see myself getting anywhere.