I have received some comments on ‘How Do you Write Your book?’ so I thought I would post some of them here. On the whole, the comments seem to agree with my method, although I appreciate there are many indie authors out there, and some may plan the whole of their book beforehand.
The copy/paste method wouldn’t allow me copy their link to their blogs, so I have had to resort to copy/paste the body of their comments.
I like the comment by ‘a quirkygirlinspain’, in which she says she meticulously planned her second book but the characters took over and ‘planned’ the end. Also the comments made by ‘vampwriterblog’ in which he refers to ‘pantser’ (writing by the seat of one’s pants).
1, by a quirkygirlinspain.
My first book was written without a firm plan in mind. I started with an English girl in Spain, who dumps her cheating boyfriend and eventually finds love on her doorstep.
My second was meticulously planned chapter by chapter (I even had a drawing of a house and grounds pinned to my office wall). The only thing I had not accounted for was the unexpected happening at the end – my characters took over and did it their way.
I am in the process of writing my third book in The Big Spanish Adventure series. I know the beginning and the end, it´s just the bit in the middle that I have to work my way through. I am leaving it to the residents of Apartamentos Paraiso and their friends to guide me.
For some strange reason, I work a lot better with the radio or television on. Although I have an office, complete with desk and filing cabinets, I am usually hunched over my laptop in the lounge.
2. by Michael Barton.
A fantastic blog post. For me, I find that I am more often planning my work than I ever used to. But I still love knowing the beginning and the end, and letting the middle take care of itself. I meet far more new people and visit more interesting places this way… a little like starting out from home and knowing where you want to go but not planning the route. The problem is, of course, staying on course for your destination and not getting lost on the way. But as the great JRR Tolkien once said, “Not all those who wander are lost.”
3. by Olganm
Even when I try to do some planning I get impatient at some point and have to get writing although for some books I’ve done more planning than for others. Most of the time I have the gist and main points but not the details. And it’s true that sometimes things change as you go along.
4. Neil McGowan
I have tried planning my books to that sort of level and I find it doesn’t work for me. I start with a What if? Question that drops a character (or characters) into a situation that they have to get out of. From this I find a beginning and an end, and I start writing. I start with a few key scenes in mind and as I write I discover other plot points that, had I planned in exhaustive detail, I would have been unlikely to have thought of. There’s a reason a lot of authors say the characters begin to make their own decisions – writing like this lets them develop organically and behave like real people. A snatch of a conversation here, an observation there, it all goes into the mix and comes out on the page.
Perhaps I’m wrong since my “Immortal Relations” series, while getting some very good reviews hasn’t “taken off,” but I enjoy letting my muse (aka: overactive imagination) take the storyline where it needs to go. I’ve heard this
called being a “pantser” (flying by the seat of one’s pants) vs. a “plotter.” It seems like the course you are taking says to lay out the course of your book in advance so IMO that would be a plotter. For non-fiction I would certainly see the reason in plotting the course of the book’s material. For me at least it seems more natural, writing a mostly fictional series, to go with the pantser method. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have ideas for my next book bouncing around in my head well in advance of writing them down, so perhaps that could be considered somewhat of a hybrid.
Michael Barton writes in the ‘Costa Blanca News’, a newspaper widely read in Spain, and he is featuring my blog ‘How Do You Write Your Book?’ in an article in the near future.
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Finally, have a look at my videos on four of my books. Or if you’ve seen them before, please have another look at them. If you want to read about them go to https://www.amazon.com/author/kjrollinson
http://youtu.be/5FcJIygev3U ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’ and here is the link to my Fallyn trilogy.