At the beginning of this week, I decided to put my Script Frenzy project to rest. I’m working a lot of overtime these days and I think it’s best not to burn myself out trying to meet my page count. Priorities, you know? I have, however, learned a few things from this adventure. They all tie up to one subject – how I write.
First, I’m an outliner. I need my plan. I need the story to have spent a little time in my head to order itself into a series of post-it notes before I begin writing it. My Script Frenzy story was a bit too much ‘figure it out as I go’; it slowed me down and leaves me unsatisfied of the result.
So there, no more pantsing for me.
I’m unable to keep pushing forward in a story if I know a major problem exists in the previous chapters. It doesn’t work for me to keep going as if I rewrote the chapter and make the change when I edit. I need to rewrite it now (at least the biggest chunk of it). I’ve got a variety of reasons why I do that. I should explore it in a blog post sometime, but not today.
Basically, without a plan, I end up going back to change stuff as I figure out the story.
My brain works with a “first burst, simmer, plan, write” process. The first burst is an unplanned moment of creativity that marks the birth of the story. It usually ends up being chapter one. It’s my Script Frenzy project’s teaser, my NaNoWriMo novel’s chapter one and the inception of Killing Time OST. At that point, I have no clue what the story’s about but the first burst reveals the characters and the voice.
Then the project simmers in my brain for a while as I figure out what led that burst to happen and how it should go from there.
I outline it.
I write it.
It’s my cycle and when I don’t do that, my story eventually falls short of my expectations.
In the end, despite the fact that I have to give it up in order to protect my sanity, Script Frenzy taught me quite a bit about myself. It also provided a nice change of pace from my usual novel writing. Now I’m doubly motivated to go back to my main projects, polish them and start queries as soon as possible. 😉