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EDITING AS YOU GO

 

Hullo, All, and welcome!

 

I’m a rebel. I break all the rules. Or not. See, I know the rules, and I know what I can get away with! Hey, that’s kind of dangerous, isn’t it?

 

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I can’t recall ever seeing anyone endorsing editing as you go; rather, what I do see all the time is, write the first draft, and rein in your inner editor.

 

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Imagine if you will, adopting this concept to building a house. I’m not talking about paint colors or hardware options like doorknobs and drawer pulls. But things like which way the door swings—and yes, that can make a huge difference—have to be correct before a designer can move forward. Or wall thickness. If a designer drafts an entire floor plan (which is technically beyond the scope of an interior designer’s responsibility, although this designer enjoys that part of the process) but if a designer drafts a floor plan with the wrong wall thickness, then the whole thing is off. Room measurements won’t add up, a bathtub might not fit in the space indicated on the plan. Take stairs, for instance. The rise and run of the stairs takes up a specified amount of space. Standard is an 11” tread and a 7” riser. But what if the drawing indicates a 9” tread and an 8” riser? How many stairs to get to the second level? Or the basement? How much space does each stairwell take up in the plan? Because it could obstruct a door or take away from precious square footage in, say, a small kitchen.

 

 

 

Okay, back to writing. What if I write a bit, and talk about the pink roses. Then later, I forget about the pink roses and all of a sudden my main character’s favorite flower is daisies, and she hates the color pink! Which by the way, is the case with the lineage of characters in my unsavory heritage series; they all like daisies, the pretty white Shasta ones, and they all can’t stand the color pink. Or, as was the case recently in my current WIP, I discovered I had named three different people Hugh. And while that’s a violation of character naming 101, and while I do break the rules, this is not one I wanted to even bend, not in this instance; it was just too confusing. So, two fellas suddenly had a name change! (Norman and Horace) See what I mean?

 

 

 

One of my pet peeves as a reader is when an author mentions a trait or characteristic or detail, a street name or pet for that matter, then down the road, chapters later, it’s different. (not casting stones, I’ve done it; see above) [confession: I also take a degree of wicked glee in knowing other authors are subject to the same foibles as this relative newbie!]

 

I’m fairly OCD, which works to my advantage in design, and in writing, for this reason. Works against me in a lot of ways, too… LOL

 

For me, though, my brain won’t move forward without those niggling little details lined up like ducks in a row. And Yes, I take a plethora of notes.

 

 

 

This is not the same as what I call “go backs.” Also called by other terms, this is my designation for it, and it is what it says it is: it’s a note I make for myself, [IN CAPS & IN BRACKETS] to indicate something I need to go back to, something that needs attention, bit of research, or decision making, like city or street (research) or naming a pet or style of car (pondering.) There are other specifics that can’t wait, especially when writing historical fiction, which I’m now dabbling in. Like what healing herbs were used in 1867 to help with pain? And when I was writing my own story (sorry, not publishing it) I said my mother was playing with her baby dolls and her Barbies. BLARING BUZZER SOUND! Barbies weren’t around when my mom was a little girl. I know this because Barbie and I are the same age.

 

 

 

As a plantzer, I’m constantly reading back through what I have written, to get my head into the flow of the story, to pick up where I last left off. And I cannot keep going when I see a little—or colossal—faux pas; reference the “Hugh” debacle above. And although the experts all seem to chant, don’t do it, I just can’t help myself!

 

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What about you, as a writer, do you edit as you go? Or do you shovel all the sand into the sandbox first and then go back and build your castle?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas.  Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years.  Her characters face many of these same demons.

 

Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own.  She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.

 

Tessa and Clara Bess, books 1 and 2 in her unsavory heritage series, are both available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. The third book in the series, Cissy, will be available in September, 2016.   Ms. Mason also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She will also be working on a personal anthology of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.

 

 

 

 

Edit as you go, Stories by Design, Editing, Pantser, #coffeecoffeecoffee, Rebel, Break the Rules, OCD, Go Backs, Ducks in a Row, Original Barbie, Sandcastles

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PLOTTING VS PANTSING

 

Hullo, All, and welcome!

 

I used to think I was doing it wrong. That someday I’d have to buckle down and actually plot out my stories. And I suppose I could pull it off. But I also suppose my stories would suffer for it. caveat: I am not maligning the die-hard plotter and planner types; indeed, my hat’s off to you. but that hat just don’t fit me.

 

From the design perspective, however, some great degree of planning has to go into the process. I mean, as a designer, you have to know at least what you are designing, whether residential or commercial. That’s a biggie. Relating this to the writing world, there is fiction and non-fiction.

 

 

In designing a home, things like how many bedrooms and bathrooms and square footage are essential to the end result. But the layout possibilities are endless.

 

 

So many guidelines set forth number of chapters, and number of scenes, and final word count even. When I wrote Tessa, however, I had NO.IDEA how many chapters I’d end up with, let alone how many words. I just wrote until she was done; I turned the spigot of words on, and one day, the story ended and the spigot turned off. My hands hovered over the keyboard where they had been, but there were no more words flowing.

 

 

For Team Plot and Plan, the structure (evidently) releases their inner Muse. There are programs to aid in this process (which shall remain nameless for the purpose of this post.) Using this method, the last chapter can be written first and vice versa. Because every plot point has been, well, plotted out.

 

In design, that would equate to placing the doors and windows before the walls are drawn.

 

Doesn’t work for this brain. Case in point. In my current WIP, I went back to add more material, beef up the story (it was looking pretty sparse.) Problem was, I knew about the fire already and I was getting the timeline mixed up. I kept trying to reference things that hadn’t happened yet.

 

 

To an extent, in writing anyway, one method is not better than the other.  In both writing and in design, the overall project needs at least some degree of definition. With Tessa I knew that she and her mother would reconcile in the end. How that would happen, I had no clue. Until it did.

 

Designing a house, or corporate office, sometimes the end result is as much a surprise, too. I have copious amounts of notes, both in writing and for design projects.  Not the same as planning, more like planning in reverse…

 

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And there is much tweaking and finagling to get the lay out just right. I mean, who really wants the bathroom right next to the kitchen? Or the bedroom next to the family room? (Space planning is one of my favorite elements of design by the way.)

 

I believe we writers are all hybrids, to whatever degree. I’m high on the pantser scale, while others are 90% plotters, and every range in between.

 

 

As I said at the beginning, I used to think I was doing it wrong. As I have grown in my craft, and expanded my circle of writer friends, I have discovered I am not alone after all. My friend Mark David Gerson, says it quite well.

 

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So which are you? Team Plotter or Team Pantser? How much of your story do you know ahead of time and how much does intuition contribute?

 

Oh! and Happy Friday the 13th!!

 

 

 

rem

“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas.  Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years.  Her characters face many of these same demons.

 

Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own.  She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.

 

Tessa and Clara Bess, books 1 and 2 in her unsavory heritage series, are both available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. The third book in the series, Cissy, will be available in September, 2016.   Ms. Mason also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She will also be working on a personal anthology of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.

 

 

 

 

Plotting VS Pantsing, Stories by Design, Planning, Plotting, Pantser, Plantzer, Creative Flow, Intution, Mark David Gerson

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