Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Changing My Spots

Insecure Writer's Support GroupToday is May’s instalment of Insecure Writer’s Support Group, which sees hundreds of writers and bloggers worldwide post about their insecurities, support others with theirs, and offer up advice for overcoming them. If you want to visit the other IWSG member blogs, or sign up yourself, you can do so here.

There are those who say people don’t change, that old habits die hard, that leopards…well, you get the picture. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

I’m sure, as writers, we all know that there’s always something new to learn, or a new viewpoint to consider, that we don’t, never have, and will never know it all. It’s important to be open to change, otherwise we simply keep making the same mistakes over and over. I’m sure we’ve all got the unfinished manuscripts to prove it.

I used to insist that I was a discovery writer, that plotting simply did not work for me. And, you know what? It was true. Plotting didn’t work. But it wasn’t because the concept of it was wrong, just that my method was.

It’s taken a long time, and a lot of unfinished stories (and, actually, a lot of soul-searching too) to discover how I plot, and what systems and strategies are right for me. But that’s what it’s all about, right? Trial and error.

So this is me now, elbow deep in plotting. Lots of pens, lots of index cards, lots of colour. And, not only is it working for me, but I’m loving it too. I’m a convert!

Plotting

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4 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Changing My Spots”

  1. Interesting…being a detailed analytical, I thought for sure I’d be plotting and outlining. But other than a few notes, I’ve found I do much better just writing. Never suspected that would work for me.

    It all comes down to what DOES work for each of us. Glad you’ve got it figured out!

    DB McNicol, author & traveler

    1. That’s exactly the thing, it’s just a case of finding what works for you. Well, I’m the most disorganised, scatty-brained person otherwise, so we equal each other out!

  2. I’ve always been a pantser. But as I write more, I’ve discovered I need to have a good grasp of where the story is going. A bit of plotting goes a long way for me. Your key thoughts are about change. We have to be open and flexible. If something isn’t working as well as we thought, we have to be willing to try something else. Good luck!

    1. I always thought plotting would spoil the fun and excitement of writing the first draft, but it’s like following the rules of a board game. It’s just as much fun, and you can always cheat a bit!

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