When Characters Speak to You

Basically, there are two types of writers. There are pantsers and plotters. Pantsers literally write by the seat of their pants, letting the characters and story unfold on the page as they write. Plotters, however are more disciplined. They’ll write an outline; getting the story arc and kinks out before they even begin to write. To me, neither one is wrong or right. It’s simply what works best for the writer.

I am a pantser. I’ve tried plotting. I actually had an outline for Eternal Embrace, and I stuck to it. Honestly, I had to. It was my second novel, and there were so many characters and story arcs, that I needed to keep track of where everyone was going. I didn’t have that problem with A Destiny Denied, and the fourth installment of my Kindred series, Blindsided, is about a third of the way in with no problems.

I’ve mentioned that I had two short stories to complete, too. Once those were done, I would have enough compiled to complete my urban fantasy book, To Kill a Demon. One of the stories was about zombies. *rolls eyes* I have no idea how that one happened. Personally, I don’t like zombies. I’ve never watched an episode of The Walking Dead, and I have no plans to. This was a story that took off on its own. It started out well, too. Then I hit the proverbial brick wall. I had the necromancer planning to raise his army from the dead. But to what end? I have no answer. Zombies for the heck of it? World domination? Who knew? The necromancer wasn’t talking. I put the story aside.

I pulled out the other one and read over what I already had. It wasn’t much, only a page and a half, but the story took over and now it’s finished. It got renamed three times, though. I liked the second title a lot, but after a very productive day of writing, I realized that I hadn’t used what was in the title. Threw that out, and came up with another title. That one is finished, and now sits with the others.

Back to the zombie story. Still nothing.

I woke up the next morning with a complete new story on my mind. Take that, zombies! I don’t need you anymore! Now, I just need the time to sit down and write it.

Until next week,

~Madison

brand Sept 2017

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