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  • Arindown (Gracie) replied to the topic Plotting/Pantsing aren't working out…what now? in the forum Plotting 2 years, 2 months ago

    @kr-lalonde

    I know it’s been a while since you started this thread, but I just thought I’d pop in.

    I think I can relate to some of your struggles. I literally have over 300 pages of random, short parts and pieces of stories. Actually, I’ve been writing for years, but its only this past year that I’ve actually buckled down and decided to write a real book. And it’s hard. The biggest thing I’ve been learning is just do it. Just write it…even if it’s horrible (and I’ve written some pretty horrible chapters in the last couple months😆).

    Also, I’m not really a plotter, or a panster either. I don’t like research, and I don’t like mapping stuff out…too much work.😉 But, I can’t just fly by the seat of my pants. My stories are all a mix of tons of plotting (even years), and spur-of-the-moment ideas.

    I don’t know if this helps at all, but always remember that inspiration comes in bursts. It will never be enough to carry you through a whole project. Only patience, grit, and God’s grace will get a book written

    • It has been a while – both since I started this thread and since I’ve been to the forum at all – I must thank you for saying something just now. I was beginning to panic about being the only person still on the forum anymore.

    • A good point about inspiration. I’d love to write an entire project in a few months, but that’s not going to happen. At least not without some HUGE divine intervention.

      My own writing is fairly … questionable. In that I don’t know all the things I need to know in order to write something worthwhile. And my memory is SO BAD I don’t think I’ll ever do much research. Which is a problem. :/

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