Daily Archives: July 31, 2012
Welcome to Week TEN (ten!!!) of the Tasha Turner Coaching/MasterKoda VBT!
This week’s we have a special treat for you – a return to PP.net by the self-proclaimed “wolf addict” – Dominique Goodall! Dominique is the author behind the forthcoming “Echoes of Winter” which itself is a part of the “Seasons of the Wolf” series. This time, she’s here to discuss her technique… is she a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’?
Without further ado, let’s give a big round of virtual applause to Dominique! *cheers*
With a Wolfish Grin
by Dominique Goodall
So…the question I always find non-writing people asking me is a very unusual one. They ask me whether I plan what I write or if I just go with the flow, so to speak. There are words that are used to describe people who use these avenues, ‘plotter’s or pantser’s.’
I’ve tried it both ways throughout the last years. I’ve tried storyboards, timelines – the full chorus of ways to aid and guide a story along what could be called a natural ebb and flow for the plot I have in mind. I’ve also tried just letting my fingers write, my mind dictate where the story should go…
I’ve even done both at the same time! I tend to get a vague idea for a beginning, and random events throughout the story for scenes. I then have an idea for the ending which I just vaguely try to twist towards, to guide the story towards.
If anyone was to spend a day with me when I was writing…mostly what they would see would be procrastination. I sit about, read, watch TV, play games and chat with people. I take my time to walk the dogs, handled the hedgehogs, feed the snake and lounge about on the sofa. I even train my dogs instead of write…
But it’s when I really want to write that the ‘magic’ happens. I open up Facebook (IF it’s shut. Which is rare.), go onto one of the writer’s groups and then sit there again. I look for writing sprints (and if you don’t know what one of those is, hit google!)…then the MS (that’s manuscript) comes out and I really hit the word count HARD.
I can write more than 2000 words in an hour’s hard sprint, I can really just burn out the word count which really will move the story-line on.
So – back to the original question. Am I a plotter or a pantser? I’m both, and real proud to admit that!
How about you?
What is your writing routine when you know you are on a good track?
Share some tales of your own experiences of working by the seat of your pants or letting your mind work unmolested.
Dominique Goodall is the author of the soon to be released Echoes of Winter, book one in the “Seasons of the Wolf” series and a self-confessed wolf addict. She has currently been published in two anthologies by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing and is currently working on getting herself better known by sending in manuscripts for as many different anthologies as she possibly can.
As much as she loves to admit it, she never will be able to count her wolf stuff- there’s nothing left for her to be truly able to collect without her own home.
You can also like “Echoes of Winter” here.
Super-huge thanks to Dominique for returning this week to share her thoughts on flying by the seat or planning each step. So, which are you? A pantser? Or a plotter? Comment below and then stop by my FB page to vote!
Love & Rainbows,
[Editor’s Note: My guest post at the BookBabe, Tara Cheverestt’s blog is here.]