Keeping it all Straight
I am one of those writer’s who literally flies by the seat of her pants. I may think I know which direction my story is going to go, when out of the blue, a character will change things up on me. This happened recently while I was writing book two in the Forest of the Mist series. There was a character, a child, who I fully intended on keeping a child. He had other plans, because the next thing I knew, he had changed the whole premise of the book. If I were a Plotter, I would have had tons of notes thrown right out the proverbial window.
Being a Pantser, doesn’t mean there isn’t any planning for the story. I have a vision in the back of my head of where things should go and in what order they will occur. One way I keep all these details straight is my character journals. Each series has its own journal where I jot down things like characteristics, clothing tastes, mode of transportation, friends, relatives, date of birth, etc… This helps me to remember those small details while writing the series. I like to create character family trees for the main characters in the series. Sometimes, I will take it back a couple of generations and add details you will never see in the books. This added information has inspired other series, as well as, developed new relationships between characters. This happened when I was writing the Sasha Bishop series. As a result of those family trees, I came up with two more three book series to write.
I mentioned in another blog recently, that I like to use Pinterest. My character boards really help me visualize what I have written in the journals. I can pin actors/actresses who I envision as the characters. I can pin the perfect pair of boots that one of my characters is fond of wearing. The possibilities are endless. A lot of authors would state there are computer programs to keep all of those notes together. This is true, but they aren’t for me. I like the creativity of the journals and Pinterest. I like having that blank page and bringing it to life.
Plotting, Pantsing, and Pintrest...
Wow! What a great connection! Thanks Carly for giving us insight into your writing experience!
I'm a Plotter, but that little Pantser in me pops up from time to time. I have composition books with detailed outlines and notes before I start writing the first chapter---total Plotter. UNTIL--- I start writing and a new idea pops into my head or one of my kids asks me about a character or an animal...hmmm...all of a sudden BAM! The Pantser takes off and something totally new and exciting emerges!
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It was a dark and stormy night. The wind blew the small car all over the road as the young couple rushed to the hospital. Twelve hours later, Carly Jordynn was born. Life has been a rollercoaster ever since.
Carly Jordynn is a writer from Northern Kentucky who loves to weave tales of fantasy, paranormal, and romance. When she isn’t writing a book, she writes lyrics for the Christian band, Phil Parks and One Step Closer.
Carly loves to travel. You can find her at various conferences and other author events throughout the year. Her hobbies include: travel, photography, reading, party-planning, dinner with friends, and hanging out with her family.
Carly is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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