Hi! Lindi here.
I hope you don’t mind, but it’s time for another confessions post. But hey, if you can’t confess to your family or friends, who can you confess to?
In the writer’s world there have been many a discussion geared toward plotting or flying by the seat of your pants. Hence the nicknames #plotter and #pantster came about. When I first started writing I tried to outline, I really did. But when I did outline I felt like I had written the book already and lost my interest.
Thank goodness I found some pantsters. They made my writing world all rainbows and unicorns. Seriously? Folks who said it was A-Okay to sit down with absolutely no idea what was going to happen and write? PTL!! I lived in this rainbow and unicorn world for a long time. It was how I rolled when it came to writing.
But, oh, the EDITS! I mean, edits. Reworking, and adding things at the beginning to bring your novel full circle that of course you didn’t think of until you were 3/4th’s or better through said novel.
So, I learned to LOVE editing! Now my editing life was all rainbows and unicorns. Yes, my happy place shifted in my writing life, but what did it matter? I was still discovering the joy, right?
I’m here today to tell you it’s shifted again. WHAT? It’s true!
So, when people plot a little and fly a little the term #plantsters comes into play. I knew about this group of people, but even though I had started a little planning, not much (I couldn’t write while hyperventilating you see!) I never felt a part of this group of folks. As hard as I tried the rainbows and unicorns just wouldn’t come my way.
Then it happened. A new way to write that brings out the best in me-AGAIN!
The process goes something like this. I start the book with my basic premise, just like I always do. But, I have several different “leads” my heroine can take. I think of more than one idea I can explore and I started planting. Yes, planting idea’s has become my new way of writing. When the book is finished, I’ve truly explored and expanded one of these beginning plantings and it has turned into a major plot point. Then while editing, I remove all the “weeds” from the story. You know, those ideas that are now just in the way. They serve no purpose and are extremely annoying.
So, I have named myself a #planter. I now plant write. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
Maybe it’s just the season of life I’m in. Maybe this too will pass and another “new” way to write will knock me over the head. I have no idea, but for now #planting is my rainbow and unicorn world.
So my girl, Suzanna, in Uptown Flirt gives dating advice via Twitter for a living. When she needed a date quickly, a guy named Nathan helped her out, then she finds out Nathan has a twin brother. This is one of the “plants” that turned into a weed:
Maybe I’ll explore the angle of twin brothers and how they date differently.
That never happened, so it was plucked out.
At one point in the story she mentions how she needed to buy (or rent?) a dress for a big event. That never happened either, so that was plucked out. Little pesky weeds that clutter and get in the way. The #planter takes them out.
Are there certain things that you change the way you do them over time? If you’re an avid reader, do you go through cycles of genre reading? Maybe mysteries for a while, then historicals? I find I do that as well. Comment to be in a drawing for an E-Copy of Uptown Flirt. I will pick 2 winners and the book will be sent May 3rd, release day. (You’ll have all weekend to comment! I’ll pick the winner Sunday night at 10:00)