Don’t Plot It, Don’t Pants It, Just Write What Feels Good
And I’ve been told in writing groups I need to plot. How much easier my writing process would be if I plotted everything out. But I was a tried and true pantsier. And those plotters looked down their nose at me in disdain.
However, after taking an over a year and a half to write my last novel with my muse coming and going on me like a bipolar crack whore on a river that flowed either way given the time of day and the phase of the moon. I struggled with mental health issues, personal addictions, and demons make writing a HEA (happy ever after) seem impossible.
And I realized I wasn’t really a pantsier either.
The only time I could write was when I felt good. And even then it was a struggle. My characters where gun shy hiding in the recesses of my mind wondering what horrible catastrophe I might dream up for them now. Questioning ‘Would I truly allow them their HEA?’
Today’s author can throw out ALL the old ‘rules’. As Indie authors pave new roads forward we can also pave new roads with our writing style. Don’t feel bad if you don’t ‘plot’ or if you’re a ‘pantsier’ or if you’re like me and you don’t write an hour a day, you don’t track your word counts or do character development.
Nor do I necessary follow my character’s I write for my heart, and I write what makes me feel good.
How does your writing style differ from the norm? Let me know below?
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How Rebecca Graf finds time to write…work…be a mother…wife….read…run a business….I’m tired just writing that title…
How Rebecca finds the time to write…
That is a question I get a lot. The more people get to know me, the more they seem to ask that question. I don’t know if I have an answer. It just happens.
I don’t have a 9-5 job so that helps. I work from home as a freelance writer and online business owner. I have three kids ages 16, 14, and 11 who have me running quite a bit. I run five online sites with two of them as full businesses. Oh, and currently I am going back to school to get my history and English degree. So, how do
I find the time to write?
I make it happen.
I am a big list person. I have to or I’d forget over half of what I have to get done. I list out first all the areas of my life and then put at least five things down under each that need to get done. Then I pull the most important one and start working on it. Between every couple of tasks, I stop and write at least a hundred words on a story. It could be any story. I’m currently working on twelve at one time. The one I write on depends on my goals. I have goals for each story, and I focus on it until I meet the goal and then move on to another story.
It has to be something you make time for. There are days I don’t get to do more than write for pay or blog posts, but they are few and far between. My muse won’t let me ignore it. She’ll pester me and pester me until I get the writing done.
Though now that I think about it, school is about over. I don’t know what I’ll do then. I might have to escape to the library or the local coffee shop to find the time to write. Because family won’t let you.
About the author: Rebecca Graf
Rebecca Graf spent over twenty years in the accounting field with no way to release her creative juices. To do so in accounting, could get you life. So she began writing online. From there, she ventured into fiction. Dark Connections is her fifth published book with many more in the works. Rebecca is the mother of three children and lives with them and her husband of twenty years in Wisconsin.
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