Dare I say it? It FEELS like spring today!
First, a huge thank-you to everyone who commented on Wednesday's post. Amazing how differently we all approach things, isn't it? I have to chuckle when the hardcore plotters insist the answer lies in carefully outlined plans. For a plotter, that's definitely true! And I assure you I have TRIED to make myself do that.
I'm more convinced than ever that pantsing and plotting are genetic. Unchangeable.
Sure, you can teach a plotter to loosen up a little bit in order to let some organic growth happen. And you can teach a pantser that getting some main concepts in order is a good way to avoiding painting yourself into a corner. But I believe the essence of each will remain pretty much the same.
It's funny, because I'm actually a fairly administrative person (oh, you noticed?). As a matter of fact, I once worked as an administrative secretary. Dotted those i's and whatnot. But when it comes to stories? My brain works differently.
Of course, I LOVE charts and formulas and beat sheets. Actually using them, however, remains an uphill battle.
All that to preface this: Yesterday I had my big plot breakthrough! Largely scribbled in a ridiculously illegible hand in my yellow notebook. The scribbling continued this morning during my coffee time. And hopefully, the writing will follow in full force later today.
How did it finally happen, you ask? Um. I don't know! I had seriously just drawn a very sad face on the notebook page, with fat tears trailing from scrunched eyes. And the words "I'm this close to giving up."
Yeah. I'm a little dramatic when I write notes.
Then I turned the page, and it broke. For me, it was a God moment.
And of course, my designated time at the coffee house was nearly over by the time I felt like I was ready to take my newfound direction and put words to it. No worries, thought I. I'll just get some writing in later in the evening.
Hello, my name is Authoress and I am Not-A-Night-Owl. I dozed off in my chair.
So, yay! New day, new words. I am certain your advice and encouragement played a part in my breakthrough.
I haven't felt EXCITED about this WIP in several weeks. Stuckage will do that to you, yanno? So now I'm ready for the writer's retreat in Paris that keeps popping up on my Facebook page. (Seriously. If they're not going to fund it for me, don't splash it in my face!)
Signing off happy this week. Hope you are, too! See you all Monday during the submission frenzy!