Planning Versus Pantsing

b-rtI so want to be one of those organised writers who can plan everything down to the last detail. Sadly for me that’s never going to happen. I’ve tried, believe me I have. I set out a chapter by chapter point system saying this will happen in this chapter. then by halfway through chapter three my characters have taken over and my straight path becomes a rambling track that has no end in sight.

Yeah, so I’m definitely a panster when it comes to writing. I never quite know what’s going to happen until I sit in front of the computer, or pick up a pen… sometimes I even shock myself. My daughter quite often got random calls going: “You are not going to believe what just happened.” Usually she tells me to bugger off because she’s busy.

maxresdefaultI’m also one of the strange few who cannot listen to music when I write… it distracts me too much. though when I’m not writing there are certain bands/singers who remind me of a character or a story line. For example:

Nickelback—and I automatically want to start writing The Lines of Marsden.

Falling in Reverse—and the Experimental boys are putting their hands up to be written.

David Bowie—and I start thinking about what’s coming next in The Connelly Chronicles…it doesn’t even matter which character.

Bullet For My Valentine—and The Diamond Rose come to mind… always telling me to hurry the hell up and figure out whose story is next.

I also usually have to shut down all social media because if I don’t I’ll get sidetracked. But I think that might be a problem for most writers no matter how famous, or how hard of a worker we are. I guess in the end it’s up to you how seriously you take your own writing career.


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