Right now, I’m not insecure. I’ve been writing a lot lately. Well, a lot for me with my current progress. I’ve gotten down 18K in the past couple of weeks. It’s all in Isto.
I had to rework my plan toward the end of the book because I no longer liked the idea of the character leaving the palace because of a dream. But I knew I had to get him out somehow. My friend jokingly said, “And it’s not like you could have him step outside for a smoke.” I realized there was something he would leave to go see, something I had in the first chapter in a different POV. Wham-bam, problem solved.
Now, my friend is a planner, and I’ve been trying to curb my pantsing ways. I typed up my list of scenes, labeled each with which POV it was in, and then fitted them into chapters. So very proud of myself, I showed it to my friend. She’s said she doesn’t understand how my brain works, because all of my attempts at planning look like disjointed nonsense to her. I told her she would be able to understand this one, and showed it.
Her brow furrowed. Nope. Still no go. She showed me hers with her neat paragraphs and coherent thoughts. I looked at mine, which used single words and fragments at best. She pointed to a scene in chapter one and said, “Traitor isn’t a summary.” After more back and forth discussion, she found a word that described my way of thinking. Concepts. She reevaluated my outline with that in mind, and she said it made sense.
I did a little happy dance. She understood. That, right there, was an achievement in my book.
Have your friends and fellow writers said anything to help boost your confidence? If you’re a planner, do you use complete sentences? What small victories can you count today?