I may have to change my status of ‘pantser’ to ‘plotter’. While my plotting method doesn’t come close to Ms. Adair and her many colored post it notes, it does help. I find that my writing is going faster and smoother now that I have a known direction.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks that I inflicted on myself is this hang up I seem to have with word count. Since I have a full time job, it’s hard to focus on a daily word count. My writing just doesn’t work that way. I’m learning, albeit slowly, to be content if I can complete a chapter in an evening. Sometimes my goal is simply to fix a previous scene because the story line changed a little. Regardless, it’s less frustrating for me this route. I just have to quit comparing myself to the authors that write full time, and have over the top daily word counts. It’s never going to apply to me.
I’m happy with the way book 3 of my series is coming along, however. It was originally meant to be a novella, but I have a feeling that may change. Once again, the characters are having their say on how this book gets written. And I have learned not to try and ignore them. After all, they are the story, I just write it down.
And speaking of which, I need to get back to work.
Till next week,