About Me · Writing

I received the Sunshine Award!

Over the weekend, I was nominated by Yawatta Hosby for the Sunshine Award! I am extremely flattered and hope you enjoy my response below! The rules for receiving this award are:

1.  List 7 things about yourself

2.  Nominate bloggers worthy of this award.

3.  Thank the person who nominated you!

4. Put the image in your entry.

>> List 7 things about yourself:

1. As mentioned in this post, I am a strange hybrid of a planner and a pantser. There is definitely more pantser in me than planner, but I think the blend works really well for my brain. 🙂

2. I like to write in the mornings and edit in the afternoons. I think my novel writing work is always better if I start on it first thing. My editing tends to be better once I’ve mellowed a bit from the day and have accomplished all my other tasks.

3. I’ve set a tentative deadline for publishing my first book! I’ll give you more information once I have more of my ducks in a row!

4. I never knew I would enjoy being an editor until I became the chief editor of Maiedae. It is SO much fun and it has *really* helped me to be a better editor of my novel work.

5. Music is very important to my writing. Unlike some people, however, I have a hard time writing to anything that has too much prominent singing or words. I like writing to instrumental music best. Some of my favorite writing music was discussed in this post.

6. I become extremely attached to my characters–even the marginal, seemingly insignificant ones! They are very precious to me and I am pretty defensive of them.

7. Growing up, I used to write random snippets of stories totally out of order in spiral notebooks. I keep them all in my desk for story ideas and dialogue inspiration, but most of them are so disorganized, it would be difficult to put any of them together in a coherent pattern.

>>Nominate Bloggers for the Sunshine Award!

1. Revelrey

2. The (Writer’s) Waiting Room

3. Tessa Sheppard

>>Thank the person who nominated you!

I would like to thank the wonderful and very talented Yawatta Hosby for nominating me for this award! Her blog is great! She even cranks out creative writing prompts each week! Take a look at her site!


Blessings! Have a great Monday morning!



About Me · Observations · Writing

The Planner // Pantser Hybrid

Are you planner or pantser?

If you are unfamiliar with these common writer labels, planners are writers who sit and outline or plot every detail in their stories before they get too involved with their manuscripts; pantsers are the folks who write by “the seat of their pants” and often start with a blank manuscript page and just jump in to see where their preliminary ideas take them.

I am somewhat of a hybrid between the two. I often begin stories with a preliminary idea and one or two characters. I then try to think as much as possible about this story seed and I start making some beginning plans. I might make genealogies of the characters I have in mind. I might begin a rough outline. I might sketch the setting or basic plot. But after I get about three chapters in? I just wing it. I rarely look at my outline after the first few chapters (and I write long manuscripts.) The beginning plans soon turn into a huge story that I write on the fly. I love writing this way. I have just enough plans to get me started, but after that, I simply take it a scene at a time and let my mind get creative.

I find that writing this way brings me the best results. Sometimes, new characters dash onto the scene that I had no intention of creating. They end up being some of my favorites. Sometimes, an idea for a new story plot point will just tumble onto the page and I’ll be surprised by it. I love this. I love it when my own writing takes me by surprise. I’ve told my husband often enough that I really feel like stories are completed before we sit down to write them. I titled this blog “Unearthing Words”, because in my opinion, every story is really already in existence. It’s just waiting for the right author to sit down and uncover its story. I feel almost like an archaeologist discovering ancient ruins. A story is already there; I’m just responsible for unearthing its words one page at a time.

What about you? Are you a pantser, a planner, or a bit of both? I’d love to hear about your own writing processes! Share in the comments section!

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