Friday, May 6, 2011

Slow and steady wins the race?

It's Friday everyone! Partyin', partyin', fun, fun, fun. Just one item of business before we get down to my totally random thoughts. I have added a lovely tab bar above ^ that now holds a brief look into my current work in progress. (Yeah!)

With no further ado, a look into my brain -

Everyone has their own style of writing, everyone does their own things to get inspired and everyone writes at their own pace. To writers the question is often asked, are you a plotter or a pantser? Meaning, do you meticulously plan out every detail of your story before hand, or do you fly by the seat of your pants? I, for one, am a pantser.

I've tried plotting, but when I know every detail before hand it takes the fun out of creating. Sure, I know some things that are going to happen. (Like where I want my story to lead) but mostly I like the characters to be in charge, not me.

Before I started exploring the online writing community, I thought I was an averaged paced writer. Then, I saw some people on twitter saying they have written 4,500 words in a day. It was hard, but I had to remind myself that it is not a race.

Lately I've only been getting about a thousand words a day in, which suits me just fine. I want my book to be finished, I'm excited to get to the climax, but I really like to know how my characters feel first.

Yesterday, I was really struggling to even get to a thousand words. Pounding my head against the wall I couldn't figured out why I was struggling so. That's when it hit me. I've added a few new characters in a short amount of time, but I didn't really know them. So I had to leave my book and take some time discovering every detail of those characters. How they look, what they've been through, etc.

It was kind of exasperating.

I want so badly to just have it all done and tied up in neat bow, and I don't want to be distracted. But I realize I can't push it, it's going to come as it does and there is nothing I can do. I may be slow, and I may still have to work out a bazillion kinks, but I will get there. I just have to pace myself and hope I end up like the tortoise, not the hare.


ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

Whan I do write I am a pantser also....the only time ther is any planing is when I'm writing review and most of it is still by the seat of my pants---just have to be sure to hit all the points that are important about the product.

Stopping through from the voiceboks blog hop!!!
TY for checking out my blog too.

Kirsten said...

Hello - First I would like to take the time to Thank You for joining the Blog Hop ;) from Voicebok.Com -- Its a pleasure to meet you !

I also wanted to say how much I can relate to you when it comes to writing and pacing your self. I too am a pantser... still learning my own style though I have come to realize it differently can not be planned out.

I am looking forward to reading further about you and your writing.
When you get the chance, if you have not already ( been so busy to have the chance to look at my own blogs/website )
Stop by and say HI :)

Thank you

Patty Ann said...

Love it. What great ideas to help me in my own journey. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants and get so frustrated when I can't sit down and have the words flow.

J. A. Bennett said...

Kristen, I am following you and looking forward to your blog as well :D

Patty, Isn't time a bugger? If only we could snap our fingers and do everything we want!

Jeana said...

I'm a turtle too when it comes to my novel. But just remember how the fable ends!

cherie said...

Hi Jen! I have an award for you so stop by my blog tomorrow. =)

Scott Niven said...

Hi Jen. Enjoyed reading your synopsis for your WIP. Your book definitely sounds like something I would enjoy. And I loved your comment about not naming your book until the book is finished! I've done that with most of my stories, although a few of the stories told ME the name of the story before I'd finished writing! :-)


J. A. Bennett said...

Jeana - I hope I have the same fortune as the tortoise, but you never can know.

Cherie - Thank you so much!

Scott - I'm glad you liked! I hope a name comes to me, but I suspect it won't happen anytime soon.

Coupons Make Cents said...

Hi there ! I'm coming to you from Voice Boks Blog Hop and I'm looking forward to digging into your blog. I'd love to get one of those awards too! (so cool!). Check me out - I'm a totally different kind of blog but I do do freelance as well and I am definitely NOT a plotter. Pantser here!

Joross Barredo said...

Hi jen! I cant seem to continue on finishing the draft I've started, the one entitled OPEN DRAFT on my blog. I don't know why. Maybe Im just not fit to right a novel kind of thing. Any suggestions??

Joyce Lansky said...

I find that my first drafts are miles away from submission ready. It may not take me long to complete a novel, but I'll spend years revising.