Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Upcoming Blogfest from Scribble and Edit: Plotting

Madeleine Maddocks from Scribble and Edit is hosting a Plotting Blogfest next  month, and for those of you also participating in the A-Z Blogfest, she has conveniently scheduled it for the Letter P -- April 17th.

You can sign up at Madeleine's site.  On the day of the blogfest, share your methods of plotting. Pantsterers (like me) can share how we manage to write a manuscript without plotting much of anything!

Believe it or not, despite being a dedicated pantsterer, I've been trying to outline a future WIP while I work on the editorial revisions for THE CAGED GRAVES.  The revisions have left no time for the WIP I put aside in February.  It was kind of a mess when I left it, so if anything needed outlining it was that project!  But for some reason, my mind started wandering toward a different story ... something outside my comfort zone. (wrote about that here)

I'll have to report back on how outlining works out for me.  So far, I keep adding more and more details to the outline -- up to the 50% mark in the story. After that point ... I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENS.

Which is pretty much the way it works when I pantster. LOL.

12 comments:

  1. :)This sounds like a fun blogfest and I love that pic and headline! lol. I can't seem to start a book without a detailed outline. Things just don't work out when I try:)

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  2. Let me know how that outlining works for you. I would love it if I could get outlining to work for me -- it seems like it would be a great time-saver if I could -- but so far I just stall when I try it.

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  3. Must outline. :) I get far too sucked into pointless details, or I forget where I was going with something...which is never good.

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  4. I like the idea for that blogfest. Lately, as I edit my unweildy WIP I've been wondering if I couldn't benefit from a little more outlining.

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  5. Dianne, you know, pantsers really DO plot. We just plot while we pants along, writing that first draft. And once we have completed that first draft, we have a beefed up outline, complete with dialogue, narrative, and description. Then we go back and write the book. :)

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  6. I do a little of both--I plot the major parts of the story but pants the scenes. That way I get the best of both worlds!

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  7. Well, you may do more outlining and planning on your new work, but you're probably always gonna feel more comfortable keeping your "pants" nearby.

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  8. I have to have an outline before I write my first draft. Doesn't mean I don't stray from it from time to time. :D

    I'm off to check out the blogfest.

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  9. Plotting? Plotfest? What?

    Seriously, I'm more of a panster than a plotter. But now I'm planning a trilogy from a book I have mostly written, so I have a couple of paragraphs of notes. I've got to be ready when I'm offered that big figure deal, right?

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  10. The Plotting Blogfest sounds interesting. I'll have to try and check out the blogs that are participating in that one.

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  11. I'm looking forward to reading the posts on that day - I like to hear all points of view. I'm not sure I have a 'regular' method yet :-)

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  12. the more details you add the easier it will be when you start writing :)

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