Writing Update

August 14, 2010

Okay, so my main manuscript is finished for now. Coming in at about 46,000 words, I’m fairly satisfied with it and I’m now just waiting for my critique partner to read it and tell me what’s wrong with it and how to improve it. 🙂

In the meantime, I’ve started working on an idea that has been floating in my mind for a while now. I have about twenty pages so far, but soon I’ll be back at zero because I need to do some serious outlining/planning. Usually, I’m a pantser and I also write from start to finish, but there’s something not right about the new work in progress and I’m 99% sure it’s because I have no idea where the story is going. So, I’m going back to square one and starting over. The good thing is, however, that I just wrote a scene that I love and can’t wait to incorporate into the story once it gets going. But I’ve spent a good hour typing up bits and pieces of things I would like to happen, but I have no solid, over-arching thing that makes it a story, you know?

Writing is frustrating and sometimes a pain in the butt.

Okay, my fellow writers, here are a few questions for you:

1. Are you a pantser or a planner?
2. How do you come up with your plots? (Or what I like to call them and have done so above, “over-arching things“)

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    August 14, 2010 at 5:30 am

    While I would normally call myself a panster, in my current project I’m definitely a planner. I’ve got the beginning, the end, and a rough idea of how to get from one to the other, which is much more than I’ve ever had before.

    As far as my plots, I usually sit and stare at the screen until something pops into my mind. I always start with a character, then I try to come up with ways to torture him/her. This latest project popped into my head while I was trying to go to sleep, actually. And ever since then, as I lie waiting to get to sleep, I’ve gotten little bursts of inspiration where suddenly the questions/problems I’ve been having work themselves out. I don’t know how to explain it, but I’m glad it’s still happening 😉

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    John The Bookworm
    August 14, 2010 at 5:33 am

    I am so a pantser. Those ideas just come as I pants. I don’t think I can plan for anything major, or I end up getting bored with my idea. It’s weird.

    It depends. I listen to music, watch television..just normal stuff. Ideas come to me. Like the idea for my WIP came from this random episode of The Tyra Show on teens doing mean things. The best ideas, if you are a pantser, are the ones that come randomly. I think it also depends on what you are writing. If you are writing a serious mystery, then you should probably plot. Series/paranormals require some semblance of plotting beforehand. It just depends on the book and the writer.

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    Amanda (Novelty Blog)
    August 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Congrats on finishing your MSS, and good luck on the second! (You won’t need it, but just in case. 😉

    When it comes to writing, I generally find ideas in the most unexpected places. A random image pops into my head, goes through some free-association, and then reaches the exciting “What if?” phase that makes me want to experiment with it. I tend to be more of a planner than a pantser, personally–so much so that I have to stop myself from outlining too much and force myself to start writing!

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    August 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I’m a pantser-plotter hybrid.I typically have a loose outline when I have an idea, then I write and see where it leads me, changing the plot as necessary.

    I usually come up with an idea from something I read that I didn’t like.

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