I recently discovered the pitfall of pantsing a novel . . .
It started halfway through my writing session on Tuesday and continued the rest of the week.
And I couldn’t help but think, repeatedly, my plotter, pretty colored note cards could’ve saved the day.
A character that had page time some one hundred fifty pages ago has come back to play and I need to remember his mannerisms, the tone he favored, and that particular way he looked at my heroine.
It’d been no big deal in the beginning. When everything about him was up to me to decide as I wrote, but now I have to remember what I created. Inconsistencies can be fixed during the editing stage, I know, but the problem is I can no longer “see” this character. Two months ago I could stick him into any situation and instantly know how he’d act. Now I can’t even remember if he wears glasses.
After two and a half days of trying to write this character along with figuring out how the next scene would go, I gave up and instead spent a day reading his previous scenes, relearning everything about him, and remembering all the places I’d wanted to take him.
I might’ve broken a pantser law, but fingers cross, I have a higher word count next week.
I feel like I’m bragging . . .
When I say I had another awesome writing week . . .
I’m just so happy with how things are going. It’s like I found my writer’s high. I could write for-EVER! I need writing and nothing ELSE!
Well, maybe I could use some food like chocolate. And probably something to drink like wine . . . But other than that, nothing. I need nothing. Nothing else except writing!
Today’s count: 1,472 words
Not a horrible accomplishment.
Especially if I don’t take into account that today was a snow day. A day that I had absolutely nothing else scheduled from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
So, yeah . . .
It’s a crap count. Made more so by the fact that all I did today was sit on the couch, with my lovely mom-made afghan, and watch TV.
A semi-full DVR paired with an unexpected day off is like having an opened bottle of wine in my kitchen . . . any day of the week.
No. Self. Control. At. All.
That moment when you’re in the midst of plotting your next book. Ideas are flying. Things are easily clicking into place just like the last few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. You are so frickin’ excited to start writing. The characters are already talking to you. Scenes are coming at you at all times during the day and you rush to jot them down so you won’t forget. Gah! This book is going to rock. You just know it. And you can’t wait to start tweeting and posting that fabulous hashtag: #amwriting
Yep, this was me the last few months. But I’m finally finished! Sent the third novel of my Trihune Series off to the editor. Yeah!
I think this calls for copious amounts of wine, don’t you? Good, I’m glad you agree, ’cause I already started. 😉
I’ll be off the Internet grid this week sleeping off the hangover. Have a great one.
“Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.” -Jodi Picoult
I have a bad habit of taking an extended break in between writing stages. From pre-writing to drafting, drafting to editing, round one to second edits, etc.
My plan is always to take a week off.
Seven days of no book thinking.
Unfortunately, seven days has a bad habit of turning into seventeen days or, that one time, thirty-seven days.
During my last hiatus I heard the best advice that helped me get back into the writing mood. Continue reading
When I’m writing, music is as important to me as my laptop. Continue reading
I’ve begun drafting Book 3 of my Trihune Series. Normally at this point the characters are talking (extremely loud!) in my head. Scenes that may or may not make it into the book pop into my brain at various (all the freakin’ time) moments throughout the day (or right before I fall asleep). The excitement to JUST START WRITING is at extremely high levels.
Not this time. Continue reading