Since I announced that I was going to try writing from the heart and transition from write-itor (someone who writes, edits, writes, edits) to pantster (someone who lets the story flow without regard for the Internal Editor and edits later), many of you have asked me to keep you up to date on progress.
This is a straaaaange way to write. For me, anyway. See, I’m a suspense writer and have lots of details in my books. Threads and red herrings and clues, all of which have to be wrapped up by book’s end–maybe with an additional twist thrown in. So, as I try to pantster my way through the latest story, I find I’m writing more notes than I usually do to keep track of my threads. I’m also inserting notes into my writing such as:
insert more description here
up the suspense; needs more conflict
add setting and mood
oh, and, this is my favorite one,
write something here
Really? Write something here??
A sign things have started dribbling all over the carpet.
In all honesty, I’m not sure what I think about panstering. I love the idea of free-flow writing. There’s a lot more flexibility and freedom in writing this way. But, and this is a big but, there’s the worry I’ll miss important details and loose ends that need to be wrapped up later. Which explains why I’m writing more and more notes. I swear, I’ve got two whole pages of them now. Count ‘em. TWO.
I’m not giving up the good fight, though. I’m going to write this book as a pantster until the very end. I need to experience this in its entirety to decide whether or not I’ll do another one in this manner. But I can tell you this: I’m absolutely flummoxed over how authors can write this way and actually have a coherent story by The End. I think they have a different brain.
In my case, I think the editing for this book will be the deal-breaker on how I write future books because I’m expecting them to be h-e-a-v-y.
Stay tuned for more “Writing by the Seat of My Pants”.
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