My grandmother often said “it is the artful duty of a woman to adapt gracefully”. I think that is true of a writer too. Well, not the gracefully part. Most writers I know are loathe to give up their stories, characters, or words if something isn’t working and have no problems with vocalizing their frustrations. But, the best writers are those that are flexible.
There are so many things that change when writing a story, even if you have an outline. I assume anyway. I’ve never tried writing with an outline. An author needs the flexibility to know when a story or scene isn’t working and change it, even if it means giving up your favorite lines or scenes. Also, the flexibility to adjust a writing schedule that isn’t quite working. Or maybe not being able to have a regular writing schedule and being flexible enough to be aware of your time and snatch what you can of it.
Each author has a unique way of writing and so their needs will be different. We often hear the most important part of writing is getting yourself in that chair and doing it, and that’s true. But we also need to be aware of how we can improve what we are doing, either making ourselves more time efficient, leaving ourselves room for real life, or changing with the flow of the story. So, writers, get out there and be flexible and see if it helps at all.
Bonus points to anyone who knows the quote I used for the title.