Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Seat-of-the-pants writing?


I have to admit, I got the Idea for this post from Pat Dilloway. His post got me to thinking, why do I struggle with the content of what I am writing sometimes.

Via Quickmeme


I  have a idea of what I want to write. I start...I go here, I go there, HOW THE HECK AM I WHERE I AM NOW!! Ok I need an outline to keep my wandering ADHD in check. That helps for a while, then I can't find out how to end it. 


Via Wifflegif


Sometimes I get a pleasant surprise in how things turn out. It's times like that when I just shrug, and go on. When it is all said and done I like the challenge of writing Seat-of-the-pants. Just not the results sometimes.
 


Are you a structured, or a Seat-of-the-pants writer?




30 comments:

  1. I used to be a pantser, but got myself into all sorts of mess. Now I outline. I still manage to create a mess, but it's a slightly more ordered mess ;)

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  2. I plan an outline, then it just kinda wanders off when I'm not looking.

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  3. Sophisticated seat-of-the-pants technology. That's a reference to something. I can't remember what right now, but it's a reference.

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  4. I'm a dedicated outliner. Takes me longer to plan the outline than to write the first draft. And I guess I always know where I'm going because the first idea that hits is the end of the story. The rest is planning a route to get there.

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  5. well, at least you have some nice lacy polka dot purple underpants......

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  6. I am a definite pantser. I love to allow my characters to take the lead and follow along for the ride. Of course, that means during the editing phase that some stuff gets chopped right out of the book, but, meh, it's worth it for the journey!

    Elsie

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  7. Yay I inspired someone...sort of.

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  8. I get too easily distracted, the outline is just a suggestion. Kinda like the speed limit.

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  9. I like that. As long as the character knows what their doing. ;-)

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  10. It must be the Grumpy Bull Dog effect.

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  11. It helps to know the general ending -- if only the last words of the characters or the last scene. How you get there can all the turns in the world which allows you a tremendous amount of freedom, yet allow you to plant foreshadowing along the way, too. Fun post today!

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  12. I am very structured. I have to plot the course, or I get lost and don't finish. Of course, things don't always go exactly as I planned, but I can make changes if necessary.

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  13. I was never a structured blog writer unt recently. It's more fun flying without a net but the results are better with a little more planning. Great post David and I'm sure Pat loves the bulldogs.

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  14. Plot the course...I tend to have plot holes.;-)

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  15. I always need a plot outline to follow. It helps me to make sure I am writing a full story, and to keep me on track.

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  16. I thought your new book only took you 00:30 seconds to write. ;-)

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  17. HAHA! I wish!!!!

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  18. Gary Philip PennickJuly 4, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Good grief, structured writing is way too unnatural for me. I fly by the seat of my pants. I mean, with the cost of air travel these days :)

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  19. Pants travel is the only way to go!

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  20. I am SUCH a pantser… I WISH I could outline and I'm actually trying my best to right now. I feel like it would save so much time!!!

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  21. I outline just to look at it later and wonder what was I thinking...

    C'est la vie

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  22. I'm an outlined. The more I write, the more I realize I work best on an outline. I hate when I'm writing and have to stop because I have no idea where to go next.

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  23. The Blue GrumpsterJuly 6, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    So THAT'S where my pants are..

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  24. I prefer shorts to pants, My mother always called them short pants.

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  25. I'm a mini-outliner. I timeline the high points and the ending. I know most of the characters. I usually know the next little bits. Then I sort of outline as I go while I'm writing.

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  26. I've never heard of a mini-outline, that might actually help.
    One day I will learn the fine art of the outline.
    Thanks Carol.

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