Last thing watched: American Pie (yeah, it’s juvenile, frequently gross and sexist but it also appeals to the teenage boy inside :grin:)
on the iPod: The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass (RWNational conference CD)
I hope we’re all furiously writing! I heard an interesting thing about plotters the other day: visualise a 1-10 plotting scale, with 1 being “no plotting ever, just writing” and 10 being “charts, sheets, colour coding, files and plans”. Now apparently, Suzanne Brockmann is a 10 – it takes her a few months to do all this preparation work, but the upside is her first draft is pretty much perfect, with only a light edit to follow. OTOH, Nora Roberts is a 1 – she just sits down and starts to write.
Now, most people are around a 3-5 on the scale. I plot because it’s just efficient for me to do so. Sometimes the story takes an unexpected turn, but generally, my revisions include deepening the original frame I’ve set up for the story.
Remember, as you’re writing, if your process works for you and you’re happy with it, please continue to do it your way! But if you want a less stressful/more productive/different/less confusing/more organized way of writing, try other techniques. That’s what these posts are all about: getting you to think about how you write and see if you can improve getting those words down on the page with less rewriting. There are as many ways to write as there are individual writers – we all learn differently so it stands to reason we write differently. I know I’m a visual learner: give me a video, a slide show, a mind map or visual chart and I’m there. I take copious notes and will daydream if a lecture doesn’t feature anything I can ‘connect’ to. Most people are visual learners. The next largest group is the aural learners (they prefer to hear what’s being taught – lectures rather than reading assignments – and get lost when the charts and graphs come out, ) and then tactile learners (they find it hard to sit still for long periods and need to have something to occupy their hands in order to process the information – that’s why you’ll see some people doodling in meetings and workshops). If you’re interested in reading more about this fascinating subject, you can check out some info in a pdf here.
Now it’s writing time – let’s get BICHOKing (butts-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard) and I’ll check in a little later. Any speedbumps and just give a yell!