Plan With Me

Most of the writers within Eclectic bard are pantsers. Honestly, I don’t know how they do it.  I have three unfinished manuscripts that I “pantsed” and will require some major editing and revision to make  them publishable.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing pantsers.  There is a certain fascination that it holds for me because I  utterly failed at pantsing.

Several years ago during NaNoWriMo, I pantsed  Kiss of the Dragon (copyright Ellie Mack 2013). I amassed a large volume of words, exceeding the goal by more than double.  The word count for NaNo is 50000. Kiss of the Dragon came in at 128,000. Overachiever much? Why, yes I am. 

My pantsing produced a  manuscript that had so many rabbit trails in it,  it was difficult to follow, numerous scenes that didn’t add to the overall story, and in the end led to three more subplots that needed to be  tied at the end.  It was a nightmare and it still sits in my files because I am painfully aware of the amount of work that it still needs in revision.

My methods are not like the others in the house.  My methods are my own and therefore no one but me takes the blame for  incongruent stories.  I’d like to think that I’ve improved over the years. Anyway, . . . planning.

From concept to finished product requires a plan. Whether that includes an outline is up to the individual. It’s been my experience that failing to plan is  in fact planning to fail. We can make all sorts of excuses,  blame life’s demands, other people’s demands on us, our own   habits or whatever it may be that we revert to as our default answer  of why X isn’t finished.

Over the next few weeks, on my posts I will share the key elements of a successful plan that will cut  the time nearly in half from initial concept  to finished book in hand.

I don’t know about you, but I could use some time-saving tips.

‘Til next time




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