I don’t have a personal deadline right now and I have about four irons in the fire, all of them equally vying for my time. I have a novella to edit, but can’t do much with that until I get a few history books in or until I get a few emails answered. There is book three of my Vows trilogy to put back together, which would be fun. I have book two to edit, but I just finished the re-write so it really needs time to stew a bit first. Now, I also have a new story forming and pushing its way to my conscious and I am having trouble ignoring it. If I keep up this process, I will be forever buried in books to polish.
When the story started weaving itself in my mind, I let it do its thing for a few days. I save time if I allow the story to get a good ways in before I put it to paper, it works more of the bugs out that way. I opened up a new word document and over the course of a couple days pounded out 10,000 words. A good start. Then it hit me. Why couldn’t I take the thrill of the story and attempt to plot it as I see it happening in my head? I can surely type a synopsis faster than I can type a chapter.
I began my plotting in very basic fashion. I had, in fact, started a stylesheet, which I always do and will write more about another time. Under the introduction of the characters and their general temperament and character arc I wrote Act 1, Act 2, Act 3. For the first Act, I described what I’d already written, the intro of all characters. Act 2 is the ACTION, and will take up the great majority of the book. I am still plotting that and am on the tenth page of action. Act 3 will be the end game, what happens to dramatically bring the two characters together in a final and complete way, a way in which the reader feels to their very marrow that those two will never part.
What bothers me about this? I feel as if I am wasting time. I’ve tried plotting and found it to be a horrible experience. Why do I keep trying something I failed horribly at? Well, perhaps the problem was the way I was going about it, or perhaps the problem was that I really am a panster at heart. I don’t know, but while I have the effort partially completed, I may as well stick it out. If I decide to try this plotted book for NaNoWriMo in November I will have to toss what I’ve already written and start over. We’ll see if the story will keep that long. I’m not tied to NaNo. I enjoy it, but I don’t necessarily need the driving force or the euphoria that is NaNo to write 50,000-80,000 words in a month.
Do you ever get stuck wasting time working on a new project when you have others you need to finish? Do you plan, and if so, what’s your method? Inquiring minds want to know.