On Monday I wrote about taking time with what I’ve written.
I wrote a book in December(talked about that here), another in May and June. I didn’t write about that second one. I don’t know why.
But I’ve written 7 short stories since then. I’ll be going over those as well as others I wrote after the one from December.
There’s a weird thing about finishing a book for me. I have to write something short afterwards. I tried writing something long after December’s book.
Because I wrote that book quickly, I got sick and had a general feeling of ill health while trying to write it. I quit it and it’s sitting on my hard drive waiting for me to return.
Now I still have a plan for it. It’s the second part of the book I wrote in December.
Here’s where that gets tricky: I have trouble doing read throughs of drafts. Maybe I’m not doing it right, but I have trouble with it.
I know I should do it to figure out what wrong with the draft, but it always feels wrong. Like I should just write another draft.
I am a discovery writer or pantser.
I was telling my wife that maybe that’s the problem. I’ve written 9 books and though one is out being queried, I’ve only written a beat sheet once. I’ve never done an outline because it feels wrong to me. I get bored of the story idea.
I used a beat sheet after I had a first draft done and maybe I need to do that again.
I realize that writing another full draft after the first one is 86,000 is an undertaking but maybe that’s what I should do.
Maybe that’s what I should start doing with every story?
I love writing and I enjoy everything about it. Maybe it’s time I start using a beat sheet/outline.
If it helps me get my writing in the hands of readers who would enjoy it I think that’s what I should do.
I’m moving to a new stage. One where my writing needs more focus and I believe an outline after the first draft of where I’m heading
Happy writing and I’ll talk more on Friday about this. It’s a new idea and I’m trying to bounce it off my head.