When we set ourselves a goal we have a strong tendency to consider it an all or nothing situation. Take for example someone who wants to lose some weigh, say twenty pounds. They look at the way they are now, and then imagine themselves at some point in the future, after they have shed the infamous twenty pounds. Now, they reason, they are unhappy, but then, once they have achieved their goal, they’ll be happy like the proverbial clam. Toward our writing goals - Baby steps While this behavior is natural, it can cause some problems. In fact, even if the goal we have chosen is one we … [Read more...] about Writing Goals, Outlines and Lightning-bugs
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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?
As explained in Never Too Late, the distinction is more just a matter of degree, but some writers do need to outline their stories in detail before they can write even a single word. Instead, some others write one word after the other following only their instinct. If you, just like me, are a pantster, occasionally you'll end up discovering that you no longer care about the story you've been writing, or that you don't know how to go on. These are some of the typical drawbacks of being a pantster, but they need not be feared. Let's see why. Keep going Generally, I … [Read more...] about Writing Under Pressure — When Your Story Goes Awry