Things I've learned by planning my 'book'
I'm nearly at the point where I need to start doing the actual writing of the 'book' I've been planning over the past few weeks. So I thought I'd take a moment to think about what I've learned by planning an extended piece of writing.
I've always been a pantser, just going with the flow and seeing what appears when I write. This is huge fun as I sometimes get taken aback with the path that I take, the stories that pop out. I guess what I do is write a lot of flash fiction. That's a phrase I heard for the first time recently and I rather like it, certainly sums up what I do!
The planning process has been an eye opener for me. I have really appreciated getting a real sense of where the story is going, where things worked and where they didn't. I also loved getting to know my characters, they have become real people to me in a way that previous characters never did. I can really feel how they will react to all I'm planning on throwing at them in the next few weeks!
I have started planning out what happens in each scene I have to write. I can't remember where I heard about doing this but it's such a revelation! I can write any scene I fancy, in any order and because I know how it will all hang together then things will come together (with some editing!). All this is probably the way most writers work but as a fledgling writer I'm just finding out how best to work for me.
All this makes me feel more like a 'real' writer. I still can't bring myself to call myself a writer but the day is approaching when I will! So a little more planning and then it's time to start my characters off on their journey...