I don’t write a writer advice column. An expert I am not. What I am is a writer exploring a fantasy world and working to perfect my process. That process, I expect, will still be perpetually under construction and vary from novel to novel.
Likely a lot of writers can find themselves in the above paragraph, which is why I like to share my experiences. What I’m hoping for is:
That wouldn’t really work for me, but if I changed this one element it just might.
Wait a minute, I thought we had to do it this other way. You mean we don’t?
None of this really helps me, but it does give me an idea for a tweak I can make to my own process.
That Christina Hawthorne, what an idiot.
Okay, maybe not so much the last one, but that’s the risk I run. That’s also why this isn’t advice, but ideas tossed out for the writing-approach salad.
I’ve never been a pure plotter or pantser. Instead, I’d plot a wiggly course down the middle. So, shove that first draft into the drawer? Well, maybe. Kinda sorta. Depends on…
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