Most of you who know me know that I am a plotter. I think about the arc of my stories, internal and external conflict, character development, etc. I plan out chapters and structure early on, needing the structure in order to write.
I am not a pantser.
Being a plotter has sparked an ugly reality for me over the past year. Yes, my internal editor has been on overdrive! (not to mention my perfectionistic tendencies)
I thought doing the writing exercises would completely shut her up and allow my first draft to spill more freely onto the page.
Um….NOPE! In fact, as per my usual in 2010, I start freaking out over the draft around 15K – wondering about structure, freaking over plot, etc, etc, etc
CP Extraordinaire is NOT a plotter. Not usually. She spits out a first draft in nothing flat and yet ALWAYS (and I mean always) manages to make sense out of it long before I see it, leaving me to wonder at her amazingness time and time again (it can be a bit intimidating, truth be told).
Well, yesterday I was stuck – determined to stop writing and take a minute to regroup re. the story. I wanted to outline, etc.
CP Extraordinaire wouldn’t have it, suggesting, instead that I push through my angst and just write. So, to appease her I acquiesced and promised to go all NaNo on this draft and spit it out at 2K a day.
UGHH! So freakin’ uncomfortable for me.
Which is PRECISELY why I am doing it. I firmly believe that sometimes you need to do the opposite of what you’d normally do – just for perspective, if nothing else.
So, in honor of CP Extraordinaire and my writing 2678 words last night, I proclaim today Opposite Day.
Go mix it up and have fun! Be Opposite (but be sure to come back and tell me all about it!)
***Oh! And check out Carol Denbow’s blog, A Book Inside. She has me featured in her Author Spotlight. Thanks Carol!***