Okay. I feel like I'm a pantser in recovery.
Here's what I'm learning as I press through this Very Massive Revision: Having an outline allows me to PANTS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE OUTLINE WITHOUT GETTING OFF TRACK.
What a revelation!
I've always said I believe that pantsing is genetic. I still believe that. But...wow. Because I took the time to work out plot kinks (really, that word is much too small for what they actually were), I am now able to breathe life into new scenes that MAKE SENSE. Because...gasp...I know where I'm going.
I mean...I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING!
So, yeah. The organic writing that I love--and that I believe is part of the way I was designed--is very much alive and well in the context of a carefully conceived storyline. That's not to say the storyline won't undergo some changes as I write (I'm on chapter 8). Despite the hard (hard! hard!) work, it can't possibly be perfect.
But it's so reassuring to have everything planned. (Well, not EVERYTHING. You know what I mean.) Planned, yet with the delicious openness that allows me to write entire scenes that never crossed my mind during the plotting process.
So yay! For those of you who tend to break into hives at the thought of outlining a plot, I'm here to tell you...it's not that bad after all! Of course, I didn't plot from scratch. This was a story already written, and I was deconstructing a storyline in an already-built world with already-developed characters.
That's a tad easier, in my opinion, than starting from scratch.
Though, I've done that, too. An entire dystopian tale is waiting, in sloppy-outline form, to be written. I'll let you know how that goes (some day!).
There's your encouragement for the weekend. Writing is SUCH an ongoing process. And it never ceases to be exhilarating!
Well. Sometimes it's exhausting. But still.
Anyway, my hubby's out of town for the weekend so I'm planning on burning through LOTS of this novel over the next 48 hours. Hope your weekend is full of sparkle, too!