“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” – Pablo Picasso
“I always thought that inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. You sign onto a process and see where it takes you. You don’t have to invent the wheel every day. Today you’ll do what you did yesterday and tomorrow you’ll do what you did today. Eventually you’ll get somewhere. Every great idea I ever had grew out of work itself. If you’re going to wait a around for the clouds to open up and lightning to strike you in the brain you’re not going to make an awful lot of work.” – Chuck Close
George Saunders works through his process here quickly. Notice he works through the process. I think this is a key part of making great fiction. He discovered as he worked. Paying attention to the work and exploring what you’re creating on the page is far more important than plotting, than trying to form the perfect ending, or form the perfect hook.
Leave your idea about the story at the door. Come back to it again and again to discover what type of story you have and what your story wants to be.
Scary? You bet.