I’ve mentioned before that I’m a pantser. That is to say, I write by the seat of my pants – whatever comes to mind, I write, and let the words flow out. Apart from the occasional “block,” writing comes fairly naturally to me as one of the gifts with which God has blessed me. This may not be what you want to hear, but it’s true.
If someone asks, as they recently did, how I know how to deposit the right detail at the right time – for pacing, say – I find myself at a loss to explain, as I have no real thought-out process. I write, read my work aloud, revise, repeat.
I can see the value in writing in a journal or notebook. I just never have one on hand, nor am I the type of person to wake up in the middle of the night and write down an idea. I’ll have an idea all right; I’ll even wake up and mull it over. But that’s where the action ends for me. I’m not going to leap out of bed or even roll over and grab a pen and paper off my nightstand to write it down. I can’t say it’s laziness as much as tiredness. I’d rather go back to sleep.
Does this mean I’m less observant or alert? Maybe. But I guess I’m okay with that. I’m still writing and, for the most part, writing well. A greater challenge for me is the submitting to publishers and agents part. Let’s chat about that!
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