“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
– Robert Frost
I have to admit that I did not know what I would be writing until it came to me as I drove to school this morning. I think I will be writing a period piece, set in the south, perhaps during the civil war. Is my genre historical fiction then? How much research will I need to do for this? How many hours will I spend researching and writing this month? So much to do in preparation and day one is already here!
The other day, I told my English students that I was mostly a “pantser.” That means, I have a tendency to write by the seat of my pants. I have done well, however, in embracing the role of “plotter” in the past. That is, I spent the time to plot or outline what I would be writing about, creating more detailed plot points, characters, and settings. This is what I require of my students because it is truly more helpful in the long run. A lot of writers recommend outlining, and they claim the book practically writes itself. The more detailed-the-outline, the better.
Since it is November 1st, I guess I need to make a decision: Pantser or Plotter? How about you? We have 29 more days of writing. On your mark, get set, go! And another year of NANOWRIMO begins...Bonne chance and journey well!
Ms. Summer is a teacher, writer, musician and Spiritual Director/Coach. She has recently embarked upon a weekly podcast called "The Bayat Beat" where 3 generations in her family discuss many deep topics to understand this thing we call life! It is currently being listened to around the world. Check it out if you want to learn more.