I have a confession to make (in case you haven’t figured it out).
I’m a Pantser.
Yes, it’s true. I don’t plot my stories. I take them one scene at a time, not even necessarily chronologically (the adverb police are knocking at my door!!!!). Then I keep track of the scenes on various sorts of charts or just notes so I can see what the story needs and where. So basically, I outline the story while and after I write it to make sure that I get all the elements in there. I cannot plot it beforehand. I’ve tried (as anyone who has had to put up with me for the past few years can attest). I’ve tried EVERYTHING, because it just looks so nice and organized, having a plan ahead of time. But nothing give me writers’ block worse than having thought the entire book out in advance. I get bored. My characters keep rebelling, telling me, “We’ve done this already, we want to go on a NEW adventure…” It feels so repetitive, plotting and outlining, and then doing all the writing. I’d much rather pour the story out onto a paper, and then rewrite it in a way that makes sense. Even though it seems like it’s more work at first glance, it really just works better for me. At least I get the fresh, raw emotion out in there, writing the scene that I want, when I want it. The only times I have issues with the way I work is when a new book on writing comes out. The way they say to write is so LOGICAL. So clean, organized. It seems like such a good idea!! So I try it for a month or two. Then my work dies. I just don’t do organized and logical. I’m an Aquarius. I have to say though, I do envy those Plotters at times.
I’m about to start reading the Tusculan Disputations. I translated it in college, and it was this work that inspired my idea for Mea Tullia. This is Cicero’s work on grief and death and happiness. He wrote it after his daughter died, as a way of exploring what was going on with him, and a way to find some comfort.
Does anyone have a suitcase that is small enough to carry onto the train (vs. me having to check it) yet will fit everything I need for the conference? Like, we’re talking about breaking Newton’s law of conservation of mass here…