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
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When it comes to writing habits, the advice you can come across is all over the place: You should write every day. You should write at least six days a week.You should write a certain number of words every day. You should write early in the morning, to be more energetic. You should write in the middle of the night to avoid distractions. You should write in a bar, or outside, in a park. You should write in the solitude of your turret. And on and on and on… The list is so long and full of contradictions, it’s bewildering. But it needs not be that way. Not at all if you keep in mind a … [Read more...] about Writing Habits or Daily Rituals. You Can Call Them as You Want — Just Write!
Lock-down. The word has been gaining wider and wider use over the past two decades. But while till a couple of months ago it was related almost exclusively to fiction and some occasional circumscribed crisis, now it's enjoying sudden and widespread use in everyday discourse. However, today I'm not going to look at how we use this word, nor am I going to debate whether or not governments have the right to declare a lock-down -- so limiting their citizen's freedom. My scope is way more specific. In fact, I'm going to tackle a simple question -- one that comes up pretty often among the … [Read more...] about So Much Time, so Little Writing — and a Thought About Freedom
In a previous post--Seeds of creativity--I said ideas are never a big problem for writers and creative people in general. But given that each one of us is unique in her way of thinking and looking at the world, in her way of understanding how things work, and in pretty much everything else, from time to time this uniqueness can also feel a bit suffocating. In fact, we tend to come up with ideas that feel like Xeroxed copies of previous ones we already wrote about. For example, if you are someone who feels strongly about hierarchies and power in corporate America you might find … [Read more...] about Original horror story prompts
Inspiration can strike us like lightning. But then it can take a lot of sweat to ferry our ideas into reality. This is why, how many words should I write every day? is a more than legitimate question. So legitimate indeed that plenty of posts try to address it. However, I think this how many words thing is also a misguided question. I mean, for a writer writing should be a work of love. A writer should entertain a deep relationship with what he or she is writing. So, just as it’s meaningless to ask how much work or how much of ourselves we should put into a relationship we care for, … [Read more...] about How many words a day should we write?
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