One Step At A Time

 

c5e8e58a772bfe0ea1b7025f5e40b2e3Thanks to every who has commented on my post about plotting, it’s been super helpful!   I’m taking things one step at a time.  On one hand it’s frustrating to be going slowly. But one the other hand it feels good to know that I’ve done at least one step a day.

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Plotting

I have never been good at plotting out stories.  I’ve never liked to plot my stories.  I’ve always liked to let them be free.   I do not plot, despite it being much harder to write and finish my stories.   And there lies the problem.  I have such a hard time finding endings, or middles for my stories.  I write and write and then I stop, and sometimes it takes me years to come back and finish.

There should be fanfare and loud clashing of cymbals right about now as I say this: I want to learn how to plot.

*Applause*

Thank you, thank you very much.  You have no idea how my soul writhes against saying that.   But I shall stand firm, this year of 2014 will find me trying to learn how to plot novels.  I can’t promise myself that I will succeed, but I am going to try.

 

How do you write your stories?  What are some of your favorite ways to plan out a novel/story? 

Thoughts on Self-Publishing

Up until last year I was in the group of writers that is anti self-publishing, and I was very adamant about my opinion.  And then a blogger friend of mine decided to self-publish her amazing book Monster.   And I decided to take a step back and look at the pros and cons of self-publishing.    As of right now I’m still unsure what I think about it, but I’m feeling a little hypocritical because of trying to self-publish some stories.

What are your thoughts?