Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I Love Being A Pantser! - An IWSG Post


 
Happy Belated Halloween! I hope you had fun. I did. I love passing out candy to the kids. Especially now that my own kids are too big to go trick-or-treating. I’ll have to wait for grandkids before I can enjoy that again. Although, now that I think about it, there was a lot of whining towards the end of the night. Oh wait, that was me wanting their candy...never mind.



I’m in a good place in my writing so I’ll just answer the question of the month:



What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?



I’m a pantser so my favorite part is the beginning stages of writing when my characters are just beginning to take shape. I love to hear their voices chime in my head as I write. I can picture them as their character develops and the plot starts to unfold. One moment they aren’t an important piece to the puzzle, the next they’re a star player. For me, that’s the best part of the journey.



I’m finally learning to do a rough plot line as I go along. Nothing too strict, I like the freedom to just go with it, but I’ve learned the hard way that a basic plot is a pretty good idea to have.



Are you a pantser too? How was your Halloween?



Scheduling Note: I’m working today so I’ll be by to visit either this afternoon or tomorrow. Happy IWSGing!

 
This has been a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a chance to talk about our fears and doubts, or inspire others by sharing our success and happiness.  We’ve got a great bunch of people in this group and we’d love to have you join in on the fun too.  A big thank you to it's creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh.


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51 comments:

  1. We don't even get trick-or-treaters anymore.
    Wish I was as excited about putting together a story as you are. I stumble my way through it in an attempt to reach the revision stage where I can relax.

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    1. I've heard the same thing from several people at work: that they don't get trick-or-treaters anymore. We're the exact opposite and I'm so grateful. Especially after the flooding from the hurricane we had. I thought because of all the damage our neighborhood suffered, people would stay home, instead I think they were more inclined to get their children out and have some fun. Ugh, revisions. The part I don't enjoy nearly as much.

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  2. Hi Elsie!! For some reason I could never post on your blog??? but I can now???Halloween never used to be a big thing in England, like it is now, to be honest it gets on most people nerves having brats knocking on your door all night, begging for sweets. some make an effort and dress up, most don't even bother!! Anyway, I was lucky, I was stuck up the swimming pool, watching my two little 'uns doing their 60+ lengths f the pool!!

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    1. Hi Ray! It's so good to see you! I just did an overhaul of my blog about a month ago. I have a feeling you're not the only one who couldn't comment. I had the same issue. I had to take each component of my blog away piece by piece and then put it back again. Pain in the ass! Not sure if it was my server or Blogger but either way, it's finally resolved. Yay!

      I heard a brief part of an interview by Gordon Ramsey that said exactly what you talked about - how Halloween isn't all that popular over there. 60+ laps, Ray, that's pretty damn impressive! Good for them! You must be so proud!

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    2. They both have an Olympic dream, bless 'em!! I'm just pleased they're getting lots of exercise.....unlike me of course!!

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    3. Wow, Ray. That takes some serious freakin' training. Good on them and good on you for encouraging them.

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  3. I just get an idea and go to it. I have the beginning and end, but that is it, as I just write away. A more fun way to be at my bay.

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    1. That's how I do it too, Pat. I have a general idea in mind, and then as I go, I do the plot line and it becomes clearer and clearer. I love it!

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  4. Hi Elsie - I'm quite glad we don't have Halloween here ... I'm looking forward to our Guy Fawkes night. I'm thrilled when something rolls from my brain to my finger tips and it all works together ... good luck and cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary! Guy Fawkes? I'm hoping you'll do a post about that...because I'm not familiar with that at all. I love when the ideas flow too. So much fun!

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  5. A basic plot helps. Even more so, I need to know my characters well before I begin.

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    1. I try to have a sense of what the character will be like but as I type out the first pages, my characters come to life. You must have your character sheet ready to go long before.

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  6. Glad u enjoyed Halloween! Hope your wish to celebrate Halloween with grandkids happens soon…
    I too had fun celebrating Diwali last weekend.
    Creating character should be interesting and i too like reading the intro of characters in books.

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    1. I can't wait to hop over to your blog to see pictures of your celebration, Jeevan. I think it may be a few years before any grandkids arrive, but that's okay with me. I can wait. :)

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  7. I'm a pantster. I love the opposite: when they take a life of their own, and I finally know where the story is going. lol

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    1. That is a good feeling too. When things take shape and you know where it's headed. It also helps when you're trying to wrap things up ;)

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  8. I'm a big panster, too. I love the adventure of writing something new!

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    1. That's me. The thrill of a whole plot line is just so much fun to play around in.

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  9. I always wear pants, but I always carry a plot.
    heh

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    1. If your pants have pockets, you can put the plot in them.

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  10. Halloween was so much fun this year. Clear weather, though a bit chilly. Hubs & I sat in our driveway handing out candy. The kids' costumes were so much fun to see.

    I'm a sorta pantser. I plunge into the story but I have plot points in my head.

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    1. Same here, Diane. Beautiful clear skies but so cold. I had to go back in the house when the sun set because the temps dropped so much. We hung out in our neighbor's driveway with another set of neighbors and handed out candy to all the kids. Fun to socialize and see the children.

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  11. I love being a pantser as well. I like ot see where my characters take the story because their imaginations are way better than mind. Tweeted.
    Victoria Adams IWSG November

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    1. Being a pantser is so much fun for me. I think that freedom allows my creative juices to flow.

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  12. Happy Halloween! I dressed up with my kiddos this year and it was really fun. I too, kept staring at the candy and wishing it in my mouth. Lol. Oh well. I am not a panster but I like the part how you love creating your characters. I love it too. :)

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    1. I loved seeing the parents dress up with their kids. A family that dresses up for Halloween together, stays together. Or something like that. I have to confess that our neighbor and I may have been stealing candy from each other. Just saying. :)

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  13. I used to like being a pantser, but not since getting published. I needed a more direct approach once there were deadlines in my future, and that required plotting. I find it's faster, even to have a loose plot.

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    1. I think if I had a schedule I had to adhere to there's no way I could be panther either. It would be way too stressful to try and just go with the flow knowing I was under the gun.

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    2. But when you don't have deadlines, you might as well, eh? Enjoy the road to its fullest.

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  14. Halloween was a dud. No big surprise though.

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    1. Aw, that's sad to hear. I heard that from other people too.

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  15. I could see myself being a panster. As long as you create and enjoy what you do, that is the main thing. I enjoyed my Halloween because I went to a double screening of The Shining and then Freaks. It was great seeing these 2 on the big screen.

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    1. I agree. If you're doing what you love, it's not work. I watched bits and pieces of The Shining on television a couple of weeks ago. I still think it's a good movie. One of those that just gets inside your head. I bet it was great seeing it on the big screen!

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  16. Now that you mention it, pantsing can be a lot of fun. You never know where you'll end up, and even if you have to rewrite most of it, it's fun while it lasts!

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    1. The rewriting and revising part can be such a chore and a half. I dread the editing but not as much as I used to dread it. But very true, it's fun while it lasts.

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  17. I'm a pantster too. And like you, I've learned to sketch out a very basic plot concept after that initial spark of an idea. Helps me remember what the story is supposed to be about as I flit off on research tangents, or intriguing character backstory that will likely not be used in the story but is so much fun to explore, lol.

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    1. You nailed it. If I'm not careful, I'll run wild in all sorts of directions I'm not supposed to go and before you know it, I'm off in the woods and lost. The basic plot line helps keep me in check and I keep it minimized on my computer screen. Actually, it's so basic it's on my character sheet. :)

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  18. Yep, I'm a pantser. Granny panties - *checking* - still on. So long as I know where I want/need to land, that's the only way through for me.
    Love ya, darling.

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    1. Oh my gosh, that just made me giggle! You are a riot, Robyn! I'm getting to the age where I think I'm supposed to be wearing granny panties. ;p Love you too, friend!

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  19. I'm actually neither. I know, I am strange. I wait for my characters to reveal what their story is. I don't do a thing until I understand them and know what they want and what they fear. Then I let it rip. Thanks for visiting my blog. #38

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    1. That is a very unique approach. One I don't recall seeing before. I guess it's a good way to really get to know the characters and let them introduce themselves to you so you can do a a great job telling their tale.

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  20. I was a pantser on my first novel and didn't even do one shred of research beforehand. Let's just say the revision process was painful. So now I think about what I'm doing a lot more beforehand, even though I don't plan out every detail.

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    1. I smiled when I read this. My CP caught me on some of my failed research on cars. I tried to go from memory alone...and failed miserably. I learned my lesson too. :)

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  21. my favorite part is the beginning
    stages of writing when my characters
    are just beginning to take shape.

    Exactly! Mine too. One is free to go all directions and there are no restrictions. It'll make it more versatile

    Hank

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    1. Hi Hank! It really is more versatile and that versatility makes it so much more fun for me.

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  22. I also hear the voices and let them tell me their story. At times, though, I have to help them out.
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. So glad to have a fellow writer who hears voices in their head. Helps me know I'm not insane ;)

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  23. It's always fun to get those first echoes of a new voice in your mind. I love hearing a story and then finding out who (or what) is telling it to me. I think we all have voices in our heads. And when you're a writer, that's a very good thing!

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    1. Or what? I love it! You must write sci-fi or horror. :) I agree, when you're a write, it's a very good thing to have voices in your head.

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  24. i too have a 23 years old son and waiting for the day when he decides to get marry and i be grandma .

    your answer is very interesting because being in writing i also enjoy to shape up my characters and feeling them so alive vibrant and real

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    1. I feel like I'm in that limbo time. Waiting for my children to have children but also not in a hurry for them to grow up either. I figure five years from now I'll have my first grand baby!

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