Pantsing versus plotting. This topic comes up a lot in the writing world.
Let’s start with what these two terms mean. Pantsing refers to jumping into a novel without having a plan for what will happen (writing by the seat of your pants), whereas plotting is all about, you guessed it, plotting your novel and going in with a good idea of what will happen.
A lot of writers pick one side or the other. You can be a plotter or a pantser, but I think finding the balance of both can really be the key to writing successfully.
I thought I would post an update about my Twisted Fates rewrite. I hope these posts are interesting for people! I know that for me, I really appreciate hearing about peoples processes so these types of posts are fascinating.
I’ve hit the 30k mark, I repeat, I have hit the 30k mark!
Wooohoo, writing progress! I have finally written 30,000 words for my beloved The Witches of Belle River. Recently I have been super productive with my writing, thanks to a few different writing incentives I have implemented. I’m trying to write 2,000 words a week, which may seem low for some people, but considering the writer’s block wormhole I’ve been in for the last few months, this has been a great start. (more…)
Last year I wrote a blog post about studying a Cert IV and Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing (You can find that post HERE). That post was written because I wanted to talk about how beneficial the course was for me and to mention that I would be continuing my studying this year with a Bachelor degree. I started my Bachelor, and I have a lot of thoughts on it.
I definitely feel there are pros and cons to studying. It opens your horizons and opportunities, especially for jobs. But it can also be a lot of pressure. HECS debt (Aussie university debt system) is nothing to kid around with. It can be super expensive to study and the debt can loom over your head for years after you have finished. There’s also the pressure to pass and do well, which can become debilitating. (more…)
In May of this year, author, and queen of my lil writing heart, V.E Schwab (AKA Victoria Schwab) was the speaker at Oxfords Tolkien Lecture. I’ve watched the speech a few times now and I have a lot of thoughts.
I really look up to Victoria and her writing style sings to my soul so when I saw that the video of her speech was finally up online I was very excited. (more…)