Okay – I’ll be honest. I have a completely different post I wanted to write. I wanted to show all you the cool swag I ordered for the launch. But then I thought, no…it hould be a surprise. The problem with that – I am so LOUSY at surprises. I get too excited and I HAVE to share.
But, I’m being strong this time…really, I am. At least, I’m trying. Gott wait two weeks until I share…gotta
So, I pulled out this post instead:
Most writers I know fall into one of two categories – those that plot and those that do not. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
For the plotter, writing blocks seldom happen. The story is carefully laid out – not too many subplots, not to many details to resolve in the end. Writers in this category have no problem writing a synopsis long before the story is ever finished.
As nice as all that sounds, there is a definite drawback to being a plotter – no spontaneity. The characters usually behave themselves and do what the writer wants. Well, most of the time.
Pantsers are a different story. Seldom aware of where the storyline is really going, these seat-of-their-pants writers get lost in the thrill of adventure as the characters weave their tale. It’s a wild ride that sometime leads to a mess!
Pantsers often spend a lot of time revising, trying to reel in the useless storylines that “magically” appeared throughout the plot.
So is one more likely to lead to publication more than the other? I don’t think so. I think it is important to cultivate both styles.
For plotters, it’s important to let the characters tell the story. Yes, you can have a loose structure – something to guide you through the major plot points of the story. But allowing the characters to tell the story will ensure authenticity.
For pantsers, I think the discipline of structure – of knowing the major aspects of the story – will help when writer’s block hits. It’ll also help reduce the number of revisions and the crazy plot tangents that happen.
Bottom line, a balanced approach can be the most successful way to craft a great story – one that leads to an agent and a book deal.
In my opinion, that is.
What are your thoughts? And tell, you really wish I shared the swag instead, didn’t you???
Oh well – I have to wait, and so do you! Mwahahahahaha.