Flying High by the Seat of My Pants

I appreciate the writer who sits down and writes an outline of a book, spends days researching, creating the setting and discovering everything there is to know about every major character. I can see how all the preparations before writing a single word of the story itself results in a more solid plot with relatively little re-writing later.

I’ve tried it, and it made me go stir-crazy. I simply don’t have the patience for it. I prefer to write by the seat of my pants and see where the story goes with each successive paragraph.

Right now I’m flying high by the seat of my pants with my nanowrimo book. The plot has twisted in surprising directions more than once already. But that’s part of the fun for me. I only hope that the tangents don’t get too far off my original plot that I have to force my characters to do odd things to get them back on track.

On the other hand, if not, I’m not concerned. The point of writing 50,000 words in November is to write, even if it means I write total [censored].

There’s a line in “Finding Forrester” with Sean Connery where he said, “The first draft you write with the heart. You rewrite with your head.”

I’m writing with my heart right now, and it’s (mostly) ignoring my head when it tries to interfere.

The joy of writing has eluded me for a long time, and I’m thrilled to have it back. This is why I started writing in the first place. Let’s hope it lasts well into December

Now while my son watches Wall-e and my husband cooks supper, I am going to disappear yet again into my book. Bu’bye!

2 thoughts on “Flying High by the Seat of My Pants

  1. Glad to hear you are getting enjoyment from the process again. When I stop enjoying writing, I generally quit for awhile. I haven’t decided 100% yet, but I’m pretty sure, when it comes to writing at least, I don’t ever want to be told what to do. (Which probably means forget making any sort of reliable living at it. Nor will I ever be a great blogger. Oh well.)


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