The Best Laid Plans…
You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men, right?
Well, I had planned my next blog post to explore ‘scoundrel lit’ and heroes and the like, but due to limited time today and tomorrow, I have to postpone that writing adventure until later in the week.
“So, what are you going to thrill us with today?”
I thought I’d write a brief post about–
“Wait, did you say ‘brief’? Ha ha ha…that’s funny. You…brief?”
I could always edit ‘you’ out and make it more brief.
“You could, but I have fans. They’d miss me. They might rebel…”
Moving on. Considering the change of plans this week, I thought I would ‘briefly’ touch on a topic that so many authors discuss from time to time.
Do you plot or not?
Lately, I’ve heard people label the ‘not’ as Pantsers. As in, writing by the seat of your pants.
So, which are you? A plotter or a pantser?
I tend to dabble in a little of both.
“Oh, are you being wishy-washy? Trying not to offend anyone again? You are WAAAAY too nice sometimes!”
Let me explain. I like having an idea of the beginning, middle and end. Various scenes will pop into my head while I’m brain-storming new projects and rather than dismiss them, I make notes. Sometime the scenes are part of the beginning, other times, the end. The scenes go on 3X5 cards and I pushpin them to a board next to my desk (which is currently a mess because I’m in the middle of remodeling my ‘office’ — that might explain why lately I feel so unorganized!)
So, these scenes are placed in a rough order–you could call it ‘plotting’, but I leave plenty of space between those scenes so I can slip into my ‘pantser’ mode.
“Wait…when you say it like that, it sounds a little kinky.”
I like to think of it as driving cross-country. I’m starting on one side and driving to the other. I know roughly where I’m starting, I know roughly where I’m finishing, and I know a few spots along the way I want to visit, but I leave the how I get from one location to the next up to my imagination. So, in my own odd way, I’m a plotter who enjoys writing by the seat of my pants.
“And you think that makes you special? Talk about an ego….”
No, I don’t think that makes me special. I just think that it’s okay if you mix it up and do both. I don’t think either is ‘wrong’ or ‘right’. The only thing that is ‘right’ is whatever works best for each individual person and I think sometimes perhaps new writers forget that. Find what works for you and be flexible, because what might have worked once or twice might not work again.
Because as I’ve learned yet again this week, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray…
…and sometimes the direction you end up going is even better.
“Wait, you think this post is better than the one you were planning? Seriously, we really need to talk about your ego…”
Good luck with your writing projects and thanks for stopping by for a visit.