It’s confession time. On my first blog of the year (seen HERE), I said that I would outline a book this year, then write it. However, that’s changed–even with my beloved calendar planning. While I found outlining to be a great starting point (I’m only 6.2.5 chapters into it, along with haven written the ending), I find myself needing to write, rather than outline my next book, (maybe because I know how the book’s mostly going to go, though, who knows once I begin writing), defining me as a true panster. Like most authors, I’m obsessed colorful notes, pens, pencils–anything writing related, but I see that I’m finally allowing myself to accept the fact that there won’t be a thousand Post-its all around, yet jotting down a few notes to remember what I want to write is acceptable.
Part of me is sad that I feel the need to perfectly organized in my creations, but I’ve learned, and quickly, too, I might add, is that it’s okay to be me, and write how I feel most productive. Creating isn’t the hard part, nor is the writing–it’s the idea that I have to be as perfect as Emily Giffin, Danielle Steel, or even James Patterson (who I’ve heard outlines for months), three authors who I love, respect, and have learned from. Their books have changed me, making me realize that with each book I publish I can get better–I will get better, but on my terms.
With all that being said, my plan is to transform my outline into a MS, but if I feel I need to continue to outline as I go, I’m okay with that…we’ll see how it goes!
So, tell it’s time for your confession…have you ever thought you could or wanted to do something, but learned it’s just not you?