I’ve been trying to write an outline for my WIP and I’m having problems with that part of it. I’m more of a pantser, yet I’ve found that pantsing my way through a novel doesn’t work because I find myself stuck in regard to where I want to go with the book because the characters tend to take over. I’m trying to find my way to being somewhere in the middle of being a pantser and a plotter. At least a partial outline so that then I can pants my way through the rest. Still working on that part. Soon I’ll be reviewing some of the books I’ve found about writing. What books have been the most helpful to me, what books haven’t been helpful at all. I’m in the process of reading two different books about structuring a novel right now.
First and foremost, Stephen King’s “On Writing,” happens to be one of my favorites.
Writing a book is hard work. Good writing is even harder. But one of the things I’ve realized is that anything worth doing is worth putting work into. I have at least one good book inside me, maybe not an exceptional book worthy of a Pulitzer Prize or anything, but at least one good book.
I’ve created a FB page as an author, though no one likes it except me, of course, and I’m still trying to figure out how to share it when I write a post, as well as how to get the darn widget to actually show up and not be invisible on the damn blog. OH WELL!!! Breathe Burgess. It’ll be alright. You’ll figure it out!
I’ve wasted over 3 hours doing all of this “branding” crap when I should have spent that time writing the 2000 words that are my goal for today. I’m still trying to work out the kinks. The month of August is a rough one for me anyway since I’m watching my 1 yr old grandson while my daughter works. I love spending the time with him, and it’s a joy watching him learn new things, but he’s busy! and it’s like having a miniature hurricane in residence. I had forgotten how busy they are at that age. Hell, it’s been 21 years since I had a little one around like this.
So now I’m finally off to write my 2K words for today. I’ll post more about outlining, structure, etc. later when I have some free time. It’s been a blast figuring what works for me, maybe sharing that will help someone.
I’ve been working on my outline, my 3 act structure outline, and so far it’s going. I’m still a pantser at heart, because I’m already writing chapter 4 and I haven’t even finished the damn outline. LOL! I’ve realized I’m never going to be one of those people who has a full outline done before I start the actual writing process. In the midst of researching the 3-act structure outline and related information I found a very helpful book. The Story Template: Conquering Writer’s Block using the Universal Structure of a Story. I really like it so far. It’s been quite helpful, plus it has examples from various books and movies that help you visual what the writer is talking about. (Well, for me it’s visual because I imagine the scene from the book or movie…)
I’ve also been suffering from a sinus infection so between doses of severe allergy and sinus medication, drinking a lot of fluids, and watching my 1 year grandson while my daughter works, what writing I’ve been able to accomplish has been for my book so I haven’t really been able to blog the past few days. What kind of $h#t is that? Make a blog and post once and then days go by before you post again…WTH!!! I know, but I’m working on all of this one thing at a time, one day at a time. Right now the 1 yr old grandson and writing my book take priority over the blog, etc. He’ll be in daycare during the week in a couple of weeks so my weekdays will be mine again then. YAY! (I’ll say this, I had a hell of a lot more energy back when my children were young and I was in my early and mid-20’s than I do now at 46). Gotta go, it’s time for his snack 😀 (and mine too!)
I’m excited about sharing my writing experience. For the first time in a long time I’m following my dream(s). It helps that I have a partner (my husband) who supports and encourages me. So pen and index cards in hand, coffee in the other hand, my computer and Scivener, a cork board (or three) to tack my inspirational stuff to, and a few books about writing, as well as a ton of good (even great) fiction books that I’ve enjoyed over the years, and I’m ready to begin.
Next step, figuring out that I don’t work well as a panster, or an OCD plotter. I’m somewhere in the middle. Since I started using Scrivener I’ve found that I can plot the basic outline and then write from the gut, or the heart, or that secret place…Doesn’t matter what you call it. To me it’s my writer’s eye, or maybe it’s the reader’s eye, since I want my readers to get that same thrill, that smile, that WHOA moment, that I can’t put this book down…the I’ll just read one more page or one more chapter…
So I thought the best way to chronicle the process was to start at the beginning. I’ve participated in a few Camp NaNoWriMo’s, and won one, the last one I made my word count goal but the computer started acting up around the same time I ended up watching my 1 year old grandson full-time while my daughter works, and damn if I didn’t forget what day it was and not put in my words on time. Oh well, there’s always November. 😀
Today I’m working on my character outlines…I’m using the Character template from Scrivener and adding in personal info of my own. Tomorrow I’ll be finishing my basic outline. I’m trying the 3 act structure model for fiction to see if it helps. We’ll see how that goes. Tomorrow’s post will be about using the 3 act structure and whether or not it seems to be working for me.
An added note, I LOVE SCRIVENER!!! Best investment I’ve ever made.