Welcome to my weekly blog post, Writing Bloody. Last week I posted three AMAZING banners made by our very own Faith, and asked you to vote on which one I should use. Well, the votes are in!
The voting was extremely close, but as with everything…there is only one winner.
And the winner is…
Thanks for all of you who commented and for Jolene and Faith who are the whole reason for this post. I love you gals!
How about we get started talking about writing again?
It’s been a struggle for me to move away from my debut novel, The Bleeding Heart, and work on something new. BUT I HAVE! I have kept an idea folder on laptop, but nothing was jiving until I figured out that all of these ideas needed to come together to become one story. This one I’m currently calling Violet the Monster Hunter or VtMH–kind of a play on Buffy the Vampire Slayer or BtVS.
I am a very well-known pantster. I have tried to outline and plan my stories, but the more I do this the more the ideas fight me. I guess I’m an organic writer. But many of you out there live by your outlines and planning is what you do best.
SO, HERE’S MY QUESTION FOR THE WEEK…
How do you write and why do you think it works for you?
Listen, if you have graphic organizers you use please feel free to share with us. Share if you think writing horror can only happen if you plan it, because that’s the only way to insure the plot will be effective. Everyone is different, but we can all learn from each other.
Next week, I’ll post all the responses, but feel free to make this an open dialogue on Twitter, Facebook, and/or right here on the blog.
Until then…WRITE BLOODY!
I make an outline, where I write down everything I know, fast and messy, and then organize that the best I can. This often contains bits of dialogue, maybe whole scenes. Organizing it is a lot like putting together a puzzle. It usually comes out to be somewhere between 5-10k. I work from there.
I too write down everything the characters tell me… dialogue, world building, scenes. I tend to know basically where the story is headed, but don’t have a definite outline. I end up with notebooks full of disconnected thoughts and strangeness. There are always loose papers flying about. Somehow I get a book out of the mess. *shrug*