Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Different Writing Methods

If you listen to actors talking about how they get into their roles, you’ll hear things like ‘method actor’, ‘living the role’, ‘be yourself’ and much more. Writers are not much different because we have our own ways to create the stories we write.
I remember my astonishment when I found that Steven King was what we writers call a ‘panters’. He sits down at his computer – he started with an old typewriter – and with a scene, a character, a thought, he starts a book, with no idea where he’s going. In other words, he writers ‘by the seat of his pants’. Sherrilyn Kenyon does the same.

Then, there are authors like me. A detailed outline and character interview sheets need to be filled out, and my research completed. Even though sometimes my characters take me in another direction, I start with a detailed road map. I write from an outline.

There are combinations of the two. A good friend, and author of dozens of books, always has a beginning and an end, but as she begins she doesn’t have any idea how she’ll get to the final pages of her novel. It works for her.

If you spend time on line, researching the various writing methods, an example would be the classic “W” plot or the “snowflake” model, I suspect you’d be stunned at how almost every writer has his or her unique why to go from the beginning to the end of a story. As each book, each author is different, so also is the method that individual uses to get the words on paper. All of this verbiage leads to one important point – there is no perfect way to write a book.

Allison Knight
Heart-warming Romance with a Sensual Touch


Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I know my theme and main characters and where I want to end up. Then there's that darned hook. I rewrite that all the way through until it represents the theme in a way the readers know where they're headed. A shared journey.

Big Mike said...

Always been a planner, starting with a detailed outline of the story and character description help in my brain. After having my brain pickled with chemo, now I have to write my outline and chap descriptions down. Oh well, least I can still write.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

TKToppin said...

I like outlines too...like sticking to a plan, or organizing your day, or trip - what have you. Plans/outlines work for me. I might not necessarily stick to the plan, but it works as a guideline to follow. Like a map. One day, I'll try something new and write from the seat of my pants! Ha! That sounds like fun!!
TK Toppin

Ute Carbone said...

I'm a pantser. I love writing the first draft and getting lost on purpose and finding my way out of jams. My early drafts are like big messy outlines.

Rita Bay said...

So very true. I don't think I could be anything but a planner. Not to say that I won't deviate as the story evolves but I don't feel good without the map. Rita

Douglas Whiting said...

Thank you!

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