Plotter or Pantser

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My galleys for the print version of Hot Shot came yesterday, so I'll be working on galleys the rest of the month. At least it won't interfere with Nano.

I went to critique on Saturday to get my mind off everything and we plotted our books for NaNoWriMo. I sent 12 lines of what I had, no names, even, and walked away with pages of notes. One of my cps was just stunned that I could start with so little. But by the time we were done, I was itching to get out my Post-It notes and story board. I don't storyboard the whole thing, but I go as far as I go, just so I can "touch" and "see" the story. Once I do that, I may never look at it again, but I need to do that. It makes the story more three dimensional to me. I can't just write a synopsis and have everything just be on the computer, just flat. That's why I do a collage and a soundtrack and all that, so the story surrounds me.

I know I jotted his name down somewhere but I don't remember. Also, I need a visual for my heroine, a smart, gorgeous politician. Maybe Addison from Grey's....

How do you start a book?



Marianne Arkins said...

I start books about the same way -- a character, then two... maybe a line of dialogue will spark something. And then, I just slowly build.

It's weird, and I wish I was more of a plotter. But, I've tried. I can't.

Anonymous said...

I like those visuals too. I do character collages, and post it notes on my white board. I have to have it in front of me all the time. I wander in and out during the day and look at that stuff. I don't outline, but I need some kind of idea about events and where they go.

MJFredrick said...

Geez, I post this and never come back. BAD blog mommy.

Marianne, I'm with you. This is the most plotting I do, and it's going to bite me in the butt the second week of Nano, I just know it.

Liz, I have the visuals in front of me a few days, but after that....I don't look at it again. I need the ideas, too. I don't think I have quite enough for my Nano book yet, though.


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