Recently I have been on a writing books/video binge. I enjoy doing this because not only am I emerged in a subject I love but I usually end up either learning something new or finding a new prospective. Sure the argument can be made that this is all a distraction from my own writing and it is, to a point, but today’s binge reminded me of a technique that has somehow fallen from my writing process over the course of however long. I am thinking that it’s absents has had a negative impact on the quality and content of what I write. It is along the lines of the iceberg theory. Where a writer might pen a few pages of background story or character development simply as a creative process. When I do this 90% or so of it will never be in the final story but the context and themes will influence and improve the story. I will discover details and gems that otherwise would have never bubbled to the surface of my mind. Something I will even discover an entirly new story apart from what I was writing. I guess I am writing about all of this to see if I am alone in this technique or is it more common? I will link the video that reminded me of all this.