Organize Your Story Writing

Hello Everyone,

Gosh logged into my blog only to realize it had been a year since I lasted posted anything. This gave me pause to reflect on the past year and all the things that had occurred and look forward to many things in this coming year.

I recently read a blog from science fiction author Veronica Sicoe (http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/). As a published author, she too had to find her way when it comes to writing and she shares several ideas of how she goes about creating her stories on her site. There were a couple I found interesting to me personally, that I am going to try, one of them being how she uses Excel spreadsheets to organize her writing (http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/?s=organize+your+writing). She uses spreadsheets to give her a high level view of her writing progress and to also drill down on areas she needs to focus her attention to be productive and to keep the process moving forward. Perhaps the best part in addition to her information, is the free templates to use yourself (http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Writing-Project-Template.xlsx).

I got a real sense that she, like all of use, struggle with the writing process, but she kept at it and found a way that works for her. So give it a go; read her post and see if anything resonates with you; if so try it.

That’s all for now,

SB

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Plotter or Pantster

I read an article recently from the website “How to Write A Book Now” (http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/) that spoke about how novel writers fall into two basic writing camps; Plotters and Pantsters. Plotters as you can imagine are writers who like to plan their novels from beginning to end before they start writing. Pantsters on the other hand, simply just sit down and start writing and figure out everything as they go along.

I confess, when I first started, I was a pantster; thinking all one had to do was just sit and write. However after many starts and subsequent quitting, I realized that if I but a little thought before I started writing, the writing process became much smoother. I still will set and just write as I go along, but when I get side tracked, I pull out my notes I prepared a head of time to get me back on course.

This little planning I believe will help me when I go back to edit. The thing I seem to get stuck on is this; as I write I keep thinking of what may be more interesting or what else I can put into the story or if I write it a certain way it may be a better story; in the end I end up with a jumbled mess of a story with no sense of direction or a story that doesn’t make a lick of sense.

So, are you a Plotter or a Pantster?

Until next time.

SB