So as per the usual I was stuck on my WIP. And I couldn’t figure out how to move on. I am after all a very large fan of the Pantsing endeavor and find mostly that planning saps the creative textiles right out of me.
So I sat and sat and sat and pondered. And did NOT work on the WIP. Finally I was all like, yo, Julia, this will not fix itself. Time to implement some solid ass in chair.
And hellow breakthrough!!! As in I needed to revisit what I had written and that was making me cringe like nails on the chalkboard and FIX IT!!!! (sorry nails on a chalkboard is so clichéd. I should be better at the metaphors as a writer – how about uncovered feet. Those gross me out sooooooo much.)
I went back and essentially the same things happened but the clockword behind it got fine tuned, and it changed the character and that is exactly what I needed.
As a Pantser a solid amount of my writing is discovery writing. And that means also knowing that I might not have it right, right away. That I am going to have to go back and FIX it. And in fixing it I change plot elements. And to keep plot as cohesive as possible, I need to fix things NOW, not later.
Have I mentioned I am a wee bit of a perfectionist? Not all the time, but enough for the neuroses to rear its ugly head in my writing. I need to make sure that something sits right with me before I move on. I reread a LOT when I am writing. And despite having won NaNoWriMo 3 years in a row (no loses so far), I do not like AT ALL, as in fight you till we are both bloody, not being able to go back and fix things up. I have tried the just move forward tactic, and let’s just say it doesn’t work for me.
Yup – lots of writing advice out there. Some of it great, others not for me. And it’s the knowing what is for you and what isn’t by trying it out. I figure as long as I get to THE END (or something that vaguely resembles this shape), I’m good. Doesn’t matter if I do it by editing as I go, or not. And trust me I do know the difference between editing as I go and getting stuck in the blackhole of the first five chapters perfectionism. Okay, lets revise that statement. Let us hope that I know the difference!
Happy writing meanderings all!