For the last eighteen months, I’ve immersed myself in the craft of writing. Attending conferences, taking classes, reading craft books… you name it, I’ve been working steadily at it. There’s so much to learn and consider when completing your manuscript.
Plotting or pantsings? And if you plot – what kind – W plot? Snowflake plot? Fast drafting or not? Synopsis before or after? And revising – how many passes till you finally say enough? There as many ways to get to “The End,” as there are writers. We are all different. Finding advice that resonates with you is sometimes like finding ice at the equator.
Some methods I’ve tried are complete flops and some make me want to sing Halleluiah. Free writing is my friend, when I’m stuck, I grab a pad and pen and sit in a different place from the norm and set the timer for fifteen minutes.
In her on-line class, The Book Factory, Kerri Nelson taught me to break my day down into fifteen minute increments. I find I’m so much more productive when I do. I was lucky to attend a great regional conference, The Emerald City Romance Writer’s Conference in Seattle, Washington. It was fun to shake it up and cross the country to see speakers I wouldn’t normally see.
A book that helped me have several an ahh-haa moment is Save The Cat by the late Blake Snyder. He explained structure in an easy to digest way.
What about you? What book or class has helped you to grow and become a better writer?