Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog: My Big Fat Goal
So today, I'm to tackle what my goals are. Danyelle thought up this topic for the month, and check out Laura's response last week, and Zoe's next week!
I've written two novels thus far, shelved one, and on the cusp of querying another. And now I'm in the plotting stage of novel number three.
Each step along the way, I learned stuff. But probably one of the biggest problems I've had is not having a good bird's eye view of my plot.
I thought I was a planner.
I thought I was an outliner.
I wasn't really. Those efforts were fairly mediocre. And so I couldn't see the plot problems until I'd already written the darn things and my betas said, "Whoa. Plot issues galore."
This time around, I'm going to do an extensive outline, character sheets, and detailed notes on world building. Any plot revisions will occur before I actually start writing.
This is a big deal for me, and may make a huge difference in my story telling. Because up until now, I've found that:
1) I'm not a bad writer.
2) But I'm not a great storyteller.
I need to work on that. And planning like a fiend is going to help me there. That's my new goal!