I have found that writers tend to describe themselves as either outliners or ‘pantsers’. Outliners are much as the word says: they are people who make an outline of what they are going to write, and then fill in as they go. ‘Pantsers’ is short for ‘seat of the pants’ writers, those who simply sit down and write, trusting that the process of writing will yield something good. I find in my writing process that I am something of a hybrid.
What motivates me to start is having a great idea usually something along the lines of ‘hey wouldn’t it be neat…’ This causes me to sit down and actually write. Sometimes it’s a character who says, “Hi there, what to hear about my world and my life?” Sometimes it’s both. It’s an exciting time, sometimes literally an adventure where I find out what the idea is or who this person is. Then comes the time period of ‘oh my Ghod what am I going to do with this mess?’ That’s when I sit and stare at the walls for hours and then make outlines like crazy. Rinse, repeat.
I am currently in such a state now where I am re-writing the scenes of the next Secret Wars book, Alien Devices. The first volume, Wind Dancer, has done very well thanks to all of you. Will, Saira, Abigail, and the rest of the crew of the Airship Wind Dancer, have all told me the story so far from their points of view, and now I get to turn that all into something that readable. Here I could use some help in staying motivated.
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