Every writer’s writing process is personal. There is no one way to do it and it may evolve as you move forward. All of my writing depends on so many factors, such as my environment, my state of mind, any distractions, and any slivers of inspiration. I’m actually writing this blog post from a zebra printed chair in my bathroom at 11:46pm while my family is sleeping. It’s hard to find peace to write with a husband and two small kids.
I write like I put together a puzzle. I’ll start a section, leave it and then return to it a few days later. I also jump around a lot. There are some days I write all my notes on my phone and there are times, I write through GoogleDrive throughout different times of the day. I recently learned that I am a pantster (panster).
What is Your Writing Style?
Pantster (Panster): Writing by the seat of your pants. Needs: varying degrees of freedom. A pantster (panster) wants to know a few ideas or scenes to run with and they rarely know the end of their book as they start writing.
Plotter: Writing in an organized fashion. Needs: structure, outlines, diagrams and knowing things ahead of time. A plotter wants to know and understand the beginning, middle, and end of the book before they start writing.
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the term “pantster” was popularized during that time.
What do you do when you are stuck?
If you find yourself struggling in your writing, here are some ideas to get you back on track:
- Seek out other writers for encouragement and advice.
- Change your physical writing location.
- Distract yourself with a good book from your TBR list.
- Fix yourself a comfort beverage, such as coffee or tea.
- Play with some plot bunnies.
- Take a different approach to your editing/revising.
- …and never give up!