Me? Plotting?

It's true. Well, kind of.

I'm what you call a panster when it comes to writing, which means I basically fly by the seat of my pants. I have an idea, I sit down, and I start writing. Most of the time, I have no idea where things are going to go. My characters help me figure that out as we go.

That used to be all fine and good when I wasn't a publishing author. I was still working as a software engineer and raising 3 kids. I didn't have a lot of time to write, so I would daydream about my plots and characters and things would just develop organically.

I had years to develop characters and story lines. And, once I did actually put pen to paper (or, more accurately, fingers to keys), I could write and rewrite, adding layers and filling in. I had the luxury of setting the story aside for weeks, months, or even years until the characters started saying "hey, what if..."

Now, though, writing isn't something I do in only a few stolen minutes here and there. I have hours to invest nearly every day. And while it really is a dream come true to be able to say that, my writing process hasn't adjusted accordingly. Once I jot down that scene in my head, I spend hours writing and rewriting what comes next, trying to capture the stuff that used to come naturally, in its own good time.

It can be frustratingly destructive and a tremendous blow to the self-confidence, let me tell you. So, I'm trying something a little different with one of my current WIPs.

I'm just starting the 2nd book in my Sanctuary series. My hero Heff is all over the place. He has no idea what he wants, so I'm going to try to nail down a few things before I let him have the reins. Tough love, if you will.

I don't know how this "plotzing" is going to work, but two things I do know: my characters always end up surprising me, and my stories never end up going the way I think they're going to when I start.

Wish me luck.
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Published on April 14, 2019 05:26 Tags: amwriting, pantsing, plotting, plotzing, process, workinprogress
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