I hate revising and outlining. Instead, I love writing first drafts flying by the seats of my pants. However these sweeping statements require some refining. First of all, I hate revising and editing whole manuscripts. In fact, when I do so, for me it’s like swimming in a pool filled with molasses. I have the impression I’m going nowhere. As a result, I get more and more stressed and before long, to ease the pressure, I end up interrupting my editing process to write a short story. Once done, I resume the editing, but again after a while the stress goes up, and I again end up writing … [Read more...] about Do Revising or Outlining Prevent a Work From Feeling Fresh?
The diatribe between plotters and pantsers is probably as old as the hills. However, to be honest, there are just as many reasons to choose plotting as there are for pantsing. Besides, it's important to understand that these approaches are on a continuum and are not as mutually exclusive as they might appear at first blush. In fact, writers can, and usually do, use a mix of both. In addition, they can also choose their approach on a novel-by-novel basis, depending on things like the complexity of the story, for example. In fact, while it isn't so difficult to write a first person point … [Read more...] about A Vital Aspect of the Writing Process Pantsers and Plotters Alike Need to Address