12.05.2012

IWSG - december



here we are again, another month passed by. time for my IWSG post (thanks to alex cavanaugh for starting the awesomeness!):

i've got two things going on right now...

first off my manuscript is going out to publishers very soon - very, very soon. this is a jumble of emotions for me...i'm excited, terrified, nervous, nauseous, anxious, thrilled and YES quite insecure. i know rejection, like querying, is a part of this process too, so i'm preparing for that. i think it's mostly the unknowns and the what if's that are getting to me. more on that later...

the other thing is i'm working on the sequel to my WiP. this is proving much more difficult that i expected. i was all, easy, just continue the story! uhm, no. as a pantster (i don't do much pre-planning/organizing/plotting, etc...when writing (for you non-writer folk)) i'm used to going with the flow, letting my story/characters take me where they will with a loose sense of where i ultimately need to get. that isn't working so much. soooooo, i'm going to need to cinch my pants a bit, roll up my sleeves, and...plot?!

wish me luck! i have no idea where to start... suggestions from any of you plotters (or converted pansters) out there?






7 comments:

  1. Happy IWSG post day! I'm kind of in in-betweener. I plot on paper the major points, ie: character, wants / desire, conflict, major plot points, and generally the way I'd like it to climax, then end. I pants the rest.

    Best of luck with your ms going out!

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    1. thanks for the tips candilynn! it helped!!! and now i have an outline...ish...kind of thing going on ;)

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  2. I have pantsing tendencies, but because of my experience with Silence (and how it took, like, a BAzillion revisions to even get it coherent), I think I may have been converted... I took weeks planning out this next project (mostly in my head, but hey, I eventually wrote the outline and character stuff down). Getting those first few thousand words down took an excruciating amount of time - it's so hard to be patient when I just want to write.

    BUT, I think the prep work beforehand will make it all go more smoothly, right? I'm not sure yet for myself, but hopefully this is the case for you. Especially with a sequel, where things can get doubly confusing. :)

    Best, best, BEST of luck finding a publisher!!

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    1. thanks jeannette! and yeah, i did the opposite...started writing and after 20+ pages was like, uhm...wait...this isn't working so well. womp. womp.

      i've got a loose and silly looking outline going now, but it's a start, right?

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  3. I can totally get how you feel about submission. It's like when you're querying but somehow you just don't talk about it as much. LOL. But you're book is going to find the right editor!

    I'm an in-betweener. I do a lot of character development before I start but I do kind of float my way through. One thing about a book series, is really getting down on paper (or at least in your mind) what your overall arc and themes are. Where you want your character to be by the end of book 2 so you know where they're going in book 3 and then what you see as the conclusion. If you're just doing 2 books, this might be easier. ;)

    Good luck on book 2!

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    1. it is totally like querying and you're right...just less talked about. and thank you, i'm keeping my fingers crossed it falls into the right hands!

      super handy tips jenny! i think i'm getting there-slowly. :)

      thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I haven't tried to write a sequel yet (still dreaming of the day when someone actually WANTS me too, lol). Of course I've thought about them-but a vague scene or three is about as far as I've taken it. Outlines are good, for my books so far I've sketched a diagram on paper, very sixth grade, with a beginning, a couple of inciting incidents, a climax and a short slide to resolution. I've also tried the big bulletin board and index card method, to shuffle scenes around so they make the most sense and are most effective for increasing tension while driving the plot forward. Anyway GOOD LUCK! Feel free to gripe about submission stuff, it will take my mind off querying hell...

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