Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG December


It's December, the last IWSG post of 2017! Check out the group here.

For the past few weeks, I've been working on a writing project only a few people know about. I haven't blogged about it. I don't mean to be cryptic or secretive, but I'm also kind of afraid that if I talk about the project--which I'm outlining--and then it falls apart, then I have to explain that it's fallen apart or is on hold, as a few of my projects in the last few years are. On hold, that is.

And I don't want to do that because I want to see this idea through and I want it to work and come together. I want to finish it and see it published in whatever way it'll be published.

I'm outlining because when I pants a story, it always falls apart in the middle--I get stuck and I freeze. Part of that is lack of plotting skill and a great deal of it is anxiety, I think.

I'm also outlining because this idea is a series idea--it's romance, so the main characters are different for each story, but they share a general world and they interact and intersect every so often, so I want all of that to be coordinated before I actually write any of these stories.

And so far, it seems to be working out--this outlining thing. It's a fairly detailed outline, maybe more of a sketch because I have dialogue and some emotions and things, but the scenes aren't completely written. The greatest thing is that if I want to add to a scene or move a scene, I can simply cut and paste a hundred or so words into a new spot instead of cutting into pages and pages of writing.


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  1. Yay outlining!! ^_^ So glad it's working out. Tweaking an outline is definitely a lot easier than giant blocks of text. I'm about halfway done with my outline - enough to start to the story - and I have notes and such for other scenes and the ending. So exciting. But it's back to the editing cave for me for now. Also exciting. :)

    I totally get that first paragraph though. You probably know how many times I've declared what I'm working on only to change projects a month later or announce that I'm shelving it. Sometimes I feel like I look super crazy.

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    1. YAY outlining, indeed! Good luck in the editing cave!

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  2. I never talk about a project until I'm done with the first draft, so I can relate.

    All the best with your outlining-- I don't see any other way for a series!

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    1. Oh, definitely! It's pretty much the only way to figure out a series.

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  3. Two things. I understand the sharing and possibly hexing the project and outlining can stop a person from painting themselves into a corner. Congrats on the new project(s). I'm sure it will be brilliant once your done. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. To be clear, the projects didn't stop because of sharing about them. They stopped because I got stumped on plotting them. But thank you!

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  4. Yay to a new project! I don't blame you for not talking about it too much. Happy writing!

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  5. Yup, I've mentioned projects on my blog over the years that had gotten put on hold. I mentioned one this year that I started in August that is now on hold. I guess I need to follow your lead and not mention it until it's done. lol

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    1. I've talked tons about past projects on the blog; this one just doesn't want to be talked about yet.

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  6. Good luck on your project. I'm not an outliner, except in my head. Sort of. It works for a lot of writers, so do what's best for you. Sometimes, talking about a project holds my feet to the fire. I've talked about it, so I have to do it. But again, do what works best for you.

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    1. Pantsing isn't cutting it anymore for me :-)

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  7. Hello--I'm new to IWSG. It's great to meet a fellow romance writer. Like you, I am an outliner. Pantsing or outlining--one isn't right and the other wrong, but outlining works so much better for me.

    Best wishes for 2018 and good luck with the outlining. And writing, of course.

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    1. Welcome! Hi! I've been reading romance forever, but this is my second try in writing one. Hopefully it's all right. I've only begun as an outliner, but so far, I'm liking the process. It's a lot less scattered than pantsing it.

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  8. I've done the whole announcing deal. Keep to it, mostly. Misjudged how long it'd take me to finish one book, so the other didn't get worked on.
    I've a series like that, too. Different MCs in the same world, I mean. So far, only one books needs me to be exact for two others. Outlining isn't my strong suit.

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    1. I've giving outlining a try--so far, I'm enjoying it far more than I ever did before. Times change, people change, methods change.

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  9. I've often had an internal debate about whether I tell people about a project or not. It sucks to go back on it or be asked where it stands when it's not standing. Good luck to you!

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  10. That's awesome that you found a new writing method that works for you. I love outlining. It definitely helps you stay on track better, I think.

    Wishing you a fantastic and successful 2018!

    With Love,
    Mandy

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    1. I'm hoping it helps me stay on track better!

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