…Into the mind of a planner. That’s right; I am a planner, not a pantser. Yes, I confess that everything on my writing desk does sit neatly at right angles, and my research material and notes are filed away in alphabetical order. You see the left side of my brain requires order, so that the right side of my brain can be inspired—and write. I call this the creative process; some might call it neurosis! So in my quest to discover a writing method that works for me, I began to organize my plots and subplots using sticky notes, a bulletin board, and an assorted array of colorful sharpies. I know what you’re saying, what’s the fun in that! Organizing is tedious and time consuming. Okay, but for me staying organization and building a strong foundation for my story is like my son, opening a Lego’s box on Christmas morning, following the instructions, and proudly showing off his latest creation. Pride and joy beam from his smiling face, which is how I feel when all those sticky notes become a story that readers love.
Planner or pantser find a system that works for you. Write what you love, write every day, and don’t forget…“The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.” —David B. Schlosser