I remember a point where I thought everyone "wrote" the same way. Then I realized there were "plotters" and "pantsers."
I was a pantser.
BUT... I was fascinated with plotters and I wanted to learn more. I took in the "plotting" ideas and really sat down and tried it...
It wasn't for me.
I felt awful! Yes - I seriously felt guilty because I was not a plotter. I just thought that had to be the best way to write. It made so much sense and I could see how useful it was.
But I couldn't do it!
So I came to the conclusion that it's okay if you're NOT a plotter. Even pantsers write awesome books and I can to! All I had to do was figure out how "I" wrote a book. Here's how I work...
- I write! Yeah, since I'm a pantser - I just take the idea in my head and go with it. I do take some time to consider characters and such before hand, but most of their personality comes out on paper.
- I consider my 1st draft my outline. There is so much wrong with it, but it get the ideas out of me and gives me something to work with.
- I try not to edit while writing. That being said... I think it's impossible not to edit anything while writing. So let me explain. I try not to worry about the editing. But... (like in an outline,) when I notice something that I need to work on, or add to help build the story, build the plot line, characters, whatever - I add it! Or I at least leave a little comment note in the margin so I remember what I need to add or work on.
- I thought I would dread revisions and editing, but I am actually looking forward to it. Weird, huh? But I am excited to see the book grow and improve and become polished!
- I've decided patience is a virtue. (Took me a while to catch on, right?) But, I don't want to rush it. I want to take my time and really put something good out there. Originally I wanted to start to query my YA book by summer. But... I've noticed that taking a while to really make your book ROCK - is worth it. So while I'm going to work my butt off ... I am going to take my time with edits, revisions, crits and betas before I jump into action.
And that is what I have figured out about my writing process. What is your writing process like?