Once again, I’m joining a blog hop run by Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW). For those new to my blog, yes, I’m a guy, and yes, I write romance. I’ve written for Silhouette, but these days I write science fiction with romance and humor.
This week’s writing prompt is:
Plot Away: My Writing Process
My name is Ed, and I must confess that I’m a recovering pantser, i.e., a writer who flies by the seat of my pants rather than plotting anything out in advance. That’s how I wrote my first four published novels … and an equal number of unpubishable ones. In those years, I dashed down many a rabbit hole, yet never discovered Alice. For me — though maybe not for you — pantsing proved to be inefficient.
Since then I’ve tried various methods to plan my books in advance so I spend less time following uninteresting story lines. I’m probably 67% plotter and 33% pantser. In other words, I’m a plotter who leaves plenty of wiggle room for inspiration.
I don’t follow any approach religiously, but my current favorite is Michael Hauge’s six stage plot structure. Michael is a genius at distilling story to its simplest components. Even pansters can benefit. Comparing a manuscript to his model may point out areas to improve. For example, a lot of times my setups are too long, which delays getting into the meat of the story. Michael’s approach helps me see where I need to edit.
If you aren’t familiar with Michael’s approach, you may want to visit his website for an overview. If you get the chance to hear him, I recommend you seize it.
Click here to check out the writing processes of other fine writers in the blog hop.