The Tuesday Train and the way I roll

Some writers do elaborate outlines, with bullet points, and character/story arcs. Or they have five pages of character notes that delve deep into their character’s ,hmm well, character.

Not me. I have tried a story/character arc. Made a really pretty arch on my paper and then sat there, staring at it. I tried outlines and character sheets. Nope, can’t do it. For the life of me I can’t do these detailed notes for my books. Why?  Because that’s not the way I roll. Because I am a …… Plantster. Half plotter – Half pantster.

Let me explain before you put that white jacket on me. I realised (after one book, three short stories and numerous blogs) that the way I plot is to write a synopsis. Just to write the story without  conversations, descriptions, timelines, dates, meals and so on. I write the story behind the story.

Holy Cow!! I have been plotting my stories without plotting my stories. This break through has stopped me from contemplating joining Writers Anonymous. “Hi, my name is Shellie and I have no clue how to do an outline”.  Now I feel less like a neurotic mess and more like a writer.

Yeah, I got a handle on this writing stuff now. Maybe. Sort of.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me expose explain myself! And yes, there are all sorts of ways to write a book. The first step? Put the words on the paper. If you don’t know where to start, start with just 50 words. And then wait a while. Then do another 50 words. Callene, you are so right. 50 words are very easy to do.

Take care.

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About Shellie Sakai

Reading is a passion. Storytelling is an obsession. Writing is inevitable.
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2 Responses to The Tuesday Train and the way I roll

  1. You are not alone – apparently I’m a ‘plantster’ too! 🙂 Thanks again for hosting the train – have a great week! 🙂

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  2. C. K. Crouch says:

    Whew, sooooooo glad I’m not alone on not being able to outline. Great post Shellie.

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