Friday, April 23, 2010
I blame National Novel Writing Month. In November, I dived into NANO with a new novel idea with series potential. But I had only 30 days to write 50,000 words, plus Thanksgiving, plus a full-time job. No time for plotting! Gotta write! Seat of the pants!
So I did, and ended up with a 60,000-word WiP that's a bloody mess (literally, in places). It has a good beginning, I think. From about the halfway mark till the end it clips along nicely. Between the opening and the middle it wanders around in a dense fog, and I have no idea what to do with it.
So now I'm in the ass-backward mode of writing an outline based on what's already written, hoping it will help me step back and figure out how to get from the great beginning to the pretty good middle without letting my characters wander off into upper Mongolia.
Repeat after me: I am not a Pantser.It's too stressful.
You writers out there...any tips for getting a wayward manuscript back on track? Are you a plotter or a pantser?