Okay, so I’ve been trying to outline the latest chunk ‘o novel text I’m working on. Trying something new, to see if it helps. And I’ve come to this conclusion: I suck at outlining. Or I suppose, I’m just really, really awful at planning things in advance. Minus the just, grander scheme and plot for what I’m working on.
To borrow terms from every author’s favorite challenge (or a college student writer’s nightmare) in NaNoWriMo, I’m a pantser. As in the fact I fly by the seat of mine and go wherever the story takes me that day. Not that I pull down peoples pants on the playground…Okay, maybe if they really deserve it. College has bullies too you know!
I’m also kind of old fashioned, and do a first draft of pretty mush everything by hand. Lots of pretty colored gel pens litter the bottom of my backpack. And I may or may not have fixd up my mother’s old typewriter…And by maybe, I mean her name is Carrie, and I love her. And here’s a generic picture from google of her. Eventually everything gets on a computer and is formatted and all that, but it takes awhile.
So I guess my question to you, oh-blogger-sphere, is what kind of writer are you? Are you a dedicated planner with cork boards and well thought through lines that you don’t deviate TOO from (ohhh how I envy that)? Or are you the kind of person (like me) who starts out with a basic beginning, middle, and end and then tries to tie them all together with the power of caffeine, tears, and maybe a little bit of “yeah…that works…For this draft”? Are you all I-Pads and writing software? Or do you dig out the fountain pens (or totally awesome gel pens!) and scroll through e-bay for cheap typewriter ribbon? Do tell!