perils with writing and whatnot
I’ve been going around in circles all weekend about my writing. I feel as though I’m spinning in one place about to go out of control. Before, I, at least, felt that I was getting somewhere, although kind of woozily. I’m in the process of writing five different stories. Not one has gone beyond the one-third mark, the beginning where everyone and everything is introduced in the book.
In one, I’m almost there, the middle section of the story. I’ve introduced all the characters, locations, the norms and most of the relationships. However, I don’t quite have all the pieces needed to go forward with the main plot.
In another story, I’ve gotten as far as introducing all the good guys and their norms. Still, I’ve just barely touched on the two bad guys so far.
I have two stories where I’m not even past the first chapter. Usually this is the easiest part for me. Nonetheless, I’m struggling to the point of almost screaming with these two.
The fifth one isn’t even a page long yet. I keep on thinking about the other four stories. I feel guilty for not trudging along with one of them, just one.
I want to be a pantser. It seems like the easiest way to go. You just sit your butt in the chair and start writing or typing. (For those of you who do not know, a pantser is someone who writes by the seat of his or her pants as opposed to planning it all out.)
However, recently I wondered if I should be a plotter instead. It takes so much preparation before you even get to the part when you start writing chapter one. Yet, by doing the preliminary stuff, you know where you’re going in your story all the way through.
I’ve been told that many pantser end up writing more rewrites than plotters. I wasn’t told why, however. I’m thinking that the reason is that a pantser ends up having to reconstruct the basis of the story two or more times, where the plotter doesn’t. The plotter has his or her outline, pegboard, and graphics, which have kept the story from falling apart somewhere along the way.
Several months ago, I downloaded the free version of yWriter, a software program that helps with the outlines, virtual pegboard and a simple graphic page to use. It keeps everything organized for the writer. All the characters can be reviewed when one tab is clicked. The locations of the story are within another tab. Still, another tab has the scenes. Everything can be moved around in the story with ease.
As I said, I downloaded it a while ago; yet, I haven’t used it thinking I’d be better off as a pantser. I’m sick of the never-ending tussle. With short-term memory loss problems, pantsing my stories just isn’t going to work, I’m afraid. I so wanted to be one of those writers who can whip out a first rough draft, and then, fiddle with it until it’s as close to perfect as one can get it.
When I first started considering using this program (just a couple of weeks ago), I didn’t want to do it. I wanted to do the writing process my way. I seriously thought about giving up on the idea of writing all together. But something inside of me just won’t let that happen. I forged ahead with the blasted program.
Now that I’ve essentially worked with the program for a little while, I’m enjoying writing again. Who would have thought? I love the fact that I can start anywhere in my story, and end anywhere too, and be able to keep it all straight because of the configuration of this little gem.
If you’re a writer, I suggest you try this software program.
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