I fail at plotting Row80 Checkin 11-20

check in stuff:

Write 5 days a week.

Since I’m doing NaNoWrimo this one is pretty moot. I write everyday until I hit that magic 50 K or I run out of novel.

– Blog 3 times a week

I have a bunch of posts lined up in advance. I am getting lots of comments and hits and retweets and tweets and conversation. And I’m often posting more than 3 times a week. I don’t have set days. I would like to, but you know I keep coming up with things, so I’m going with more frequent over posting in advance. But I do have things scheduled as well.

Personal goals:

– Working social media during nap times 

I am getting retweets and having conversations and meeting people and not playing Farmville.

Flylady-type routines in the house to keep the house under control

Came to the conclusion that if I want a clean house then I actually have to get off my fanny and clean it. So far this week was a good one for the house.

Plotting vs. pantsing.

I’ve discovered I like plotting out my novels. I was a die-hard pantser. I like knowing what scene I’ll be working on next.

Except that as I write, I end up changing the some other scene in my plot. Tonight I came up with a better ending, but then I had to change the last seven or so scenes, which took some time out of the actual writing.

So I have no idea if I can even call myself a plotter since I find that I am beginning to suspect I spend more time changing my plot outline than I do actually writing the damn novel. (And no I couldn’t possibly stick with the original plot).

Are you a plotter (outline person as James Scott Bell would say) or a pantser (no outline person: NOP)? Or are you some combination?

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16 thoughts on “I fail at plotting Row80 Checkin 11-20

  1. Great job with your writing and social media, Asrai!

    I’ve used to be a pantser for a very long time but I’ve learned hard way that this kind of writing doesn’t work for me. I like to plan my novel, although I allow changes and new ideas as I write. So maybe this makes me a “some combination” as you said? An outline pantser? :-)

  2. Great check-in! :)

    I think I am a pantser, ideas just flow, in my latest wip the characters came to me and started telling a story I didn’t even plan to start writing at all! lol

  3. Outlining is always a good thing. Even better…they aren’t set in stone. They’re your initial road map to writing your book, but they also allow for as many detours as necessary. I just look at them as a way to get started…and to get my brain thinking about the story.

    It sounds like you’re doing very well, Asrai! Had to laugh at the Flylady reference. I really enjoy that woman’s website. :)

  4. I love receipe books – I read them and think um lovely and then cook a dish from them and when people ask I tell them where it came from with comments like – well I only had pork not lamb – and then of course so and so doesn’t like beans so i changed it to. . . and the only fresh herbs I had were. . . and I couldn’t be see why it needed to be boiled when I could steam, it was so much more tender and so on and so forth!!:) – the meal is delicious but so far from the original receipe it’s almost something else – remind you of anything? its good to have the combination

    all the best for coming week

  5. I’m definitely a combo of pantser and plotter (Jody Hedlund refers to them as “plantsers,” which I love). I am learning, quite slowly, how to apply structure to my novels, which is what was lacking from them before. Still, no matter how tight my outlines might feel, there are so many things that emerge while I’m in the process of writing that I tend to just go with the flow, and follow my gut.

    Enjoy the week, Asrai!

  6. Sounds like you’re doing well with your goals!

    I’m a combo. I plot out the key scenes (Inciting incident, First Plot Point, etc.) but pants my way to them :)

    Best of luck with the upcoming week.

  7. I’m a Plantser as well. I world build, character build, story plot but that is the framework. How the story plays out is up to the characters, as long as they stay inside the framework things are good.

    By the way, there is an advantage to having set days for posting blogs. People learn your schedule and know to check in (just like the ROW updates). If you come up with a cool new idea just shift it in and save the post you’d planned for a different point. This way you can stay flexible, build a buffer of backup posts and have an audience that isn’t guessing at when they should check in. Learned all of this from Kristen Lamb.

    Have a great coming week :)

    • Kristen Lamb is a fountain of information. I spend half my time running around telling people about her brilliance and the other half trying to follow all her tips.

      I’m still trying to find my groove. I think I’ve got my schedule, but life is always subject to change.

  8. That’s awesome that your reaching your goals Asrai! Actually, it sounds like you’re surpassing them! Very coo!

    I would have to say I’m a combination of the two. I am so impatient as scenes fly out of my head. I Plot and then change as I write. I need to be more disciplined. But then where would the fun be? :)

  9. You don’t fail at plotting, Asrai! Plotting doesn’t mean making a hard and fast outline and sticking to it like fly paper. You create a road map but as you travel the road, if something looks more exciting you change your route a little if it serves the story better. Sounds to me as if that’s exactly what you’re doing. I say, celebrate your success!

    • Thanks Lynnette. We all have to do what works for us. I read once someone say “successful” authors did it this way, and I got ticked off because the person can’t have talked to EVERY “successful” author on the planet.

  10. I tried to plot, but it hurt my head. I could hear my old grade 9 teacher bellowing in her high pitched scratchy voice, and after all these years, I automatically turned and looked out the window. I guess that makes me a pantster. I like to have characters introduce themselves and tell me a story. It works for me, and it’s way more fun, and I only hear voices I like, and…

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