Tuesday, July 3, 2012
#IWSG - July Post - 3P's
Hi there, guess what - I'm on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale right now and yes, I'm writing this in advance. [snicker] Surely you didn't expect me to miss my third Insecure Writers Support Group post. Hey, I'm nothing if not a planner...and that can be a problem.
I'm working on my first ever novel, a romance (with a dab of mystery) that is set in Montana. I wrote the basic outline in 1996, during my first go-round of fiction writing. I updated it and started writing, using Scrivener. I've been fortunate to connect with a couple of great critique partners (thanks to Rachael Harrie) and the feedback I've been getting is priceless.
As a novice writer, I'm know I'm making a lot of mistakes. All I do is write...spit out the words...without any thought to the basics: creating conflict, making sure a scene moves the story along, leaving the reader wanting more at the end of a chapter. I know I can go back and rectify all this but I also want to keep it in mind as I write new chapters.
How does this relate to planning and outlines? Well, as I edited my first chapter, I ended up with two more scenes. Moving into my second chapter, I added three new scenes plus four new characters crawled out of the woodwork. Now, after the critique of my second chapter, I realize I need to add a new chapter in between the two originals.
So I'm thinking I may be more of a pantser than I thought...it will be interesting to see how this all translates to my Camp NaNoWriMo in August when I'll tackle my mystery set in PA. I have a body, a location and some characters. No idea who dunit....LOL!
Oh, the 3P's? Planning, Pantsing and Polish!
PS. I hope you will all take a peek at my new blog, Write4Ten, where I provide a prompt for a ten minute writing exercise. It's fun, creative and won't take up much of your day!