A New Way to Plot… The Slow Simmer

(Repost from Castles & Guns)

First things first, this isn’t a blog about the fabulousness of plotting. Don’t worry, pantsers! I don’t plot all of my books. So I’m not really a plotter, but I don’t write by the seat of my pants every book either. Sometimes I do a rough outline of major plot points, and sometimes the book just flows from my head to my fingertips. I guess my style of creating is something in between. Plotser, perhaps.

Recently, as many of you probably know, I’ve been working on plotting a historical urban fantasy type novel. But I’ve been doing something different than I have with other projects I’ve worked on. Letting the ideas simmer and reveal themselves to me a little at a time has been quite an experience.  I love letting them brew in my mind and play over and over, trying to figure out just the right way the events should happen before making a note about the scenes. I’m really in no rush since I won’t be working on it until November 1st and the fun onslaught of National Novel Writing Month.

I decided to stir up ideas and think about who my characters are before the big move, which has now been completed. I’m now in the aftermaths effect of unpacking. Anyways, I browsed Holly Lisle’s website to reread one of her articles on plotting, and what I found very useful was her “Novel Pre-Writing Workshop: Asking the Right Questions.” I even decided to try out bubble mapping, which I’d never really done before, effectively at least.

Maybe some of what has helped me has just been the fact that I’m trying something new, but I guess that since I still have the rest of September and the entirety of October to figure out this novel (without burning myself out of it) that I can sit around and tinker with this new system to figure out a way to incorporate to what I usually do. That being said, when it comes to writing with me, “usually” is an abstract word. This way of preparing though makes me feel more at ease since my last few novels had their ideas thrown together at the last minute before I began writing them. Clear procrastination in action. Maybe I can kick my procrastination habit. Who knows?

So how do you prepare yourself before starting a new writing project? Do you have an outline? A vague idea?

Day three of “The Seventy Days of Sweat: Writing Challenge”

Today was the first day that I participated and I managed to get done 800 words. Hooray! I have sweated for Sven! (That’s a great name.) It’s pretty good since I didn’t know which story I’d work on until I sat down and tried to spot which would be easiest to dive into on the spot. I decided and am feeling great about it! I’m getting “the flow.” =)

Plus, I’m only 1450 words behind now for the Sven says Sweat! challenge. Double yay! I’ve made progress!

I’m now off to get some sleep, and well work on plotting my National Novel Writing Month project for November 1st. I’m a crazy cat.


After going by my critique partner’s blog today, I have been lured by Sven to sweat. How can anyone resist him? Yum! But seeing as how it’s just after midnight and the event started on Oct. 15th, I’m 1500 words behind! lol Hooray! A goal.
I’m probably going to work on my plotting now though for when Nov. 1st comes. Then the heavy duty work will have to begin, but yes, I’m starting a new project as opposed to working on an unfinished work like I thought before. This is probably a good thing since it’s been a while since I’ve worked on something really new.
Well, I’m going to bed now! I have midterms tomorrow. Eewww…

Not too much new…

Back to Tampa, yet again! First I was in Europe then I came back to Tampa, and then I went to Arizona. Now I am back in Tampa! Hooray that will be the last time I’m going to really be traveling outside of Florida. While I was in Arizona, I entered another RWA contest. This time the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal one.

Not too much else, except now I’m back to editing my novel and hoping to start plotting my next one soon.

Five pages. I know I could have pushed for more, but with being under the weather, I think that it wouldn’t be in my best interest to do more than I can handle and be up and about more than I can handle. I do have some more ideas floating around now, but I feel like I’m walking through a fog, illness and story-wise. With the story it seems like I’m getting an idea and then once I get through it another one comes along. Almost like the characters are practically having to guide me through. It’s pretty interesting. I haven’t ever really experienced this kind of think before, especially so close to the end of a novel.


Two pages, but I’m pretty tired and cold tonight, plus I really don’t have an excellent idea of where the story is heading, which means that I should have worked on plot a bit more earlier today, though that really wasn’t able to be worked into my schedule. Tomorrow will be better. I know it will.

Anyways. I should be hearing back on the contest tomorrow.

Six pages! Hip hip hooray! A record has been made! Not that it’s one of the best I’ve done on usual writing terms, but it’s new since I’ve been trying to actively write every day. Approximately 72 pages to go! Yay!

I’ve actually been developing how this book may end up wrapping up. It’s pretty exciting. It actually seems like I have a good idea. Hopefully agents and editors will think the same thing.


Well. I am sleepy, so I must go sleep.


I’ve written two pages yet again. Not exactly the amount of pages that I want, but this time I’m just plain tired. I did reorganize a few chapters/scenes to new locations that would make better sense and also made a few notes on how some of those chapters would work better with the characters, etc.

I had to go clothes shopping today. That horrid event. It was my last day of work for a few months as well. I’m pretty excited about that. I shall very much so relax tomorrow. I’ll also work on the plotting of my novel. If I don’t then I’m going to end up running out of things to write.

Not too much else I can think of right now.


Just about to get some sleep. I’ve worked on some plotting today with Damiana’s story. I have actually been getting more ideas and a better line of thought than I had before that. It’s been pretty darn difficult to push forward with the novel because I’ve been just stuck recently. I’m glad to have made some motion forward and better idea of where I can go next with it.

I also added the books that I’ve read recently to the blog. Those aren’t all of them, but there aren’t as many as there should be. I have lots of books on my To Be Read list.

Okay, so today I have finished this week of University, YES! Now I’m on Fall break. I started it out with a bang, too. I submitted 4 out of the 5 submissions that I want to do this month. Right now I have 12 submissions pending though, which makes me feel good. I also need to get cracking back on the NaNoWriMo novel that I’m planning. I’ll work on that tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. I’d also like to write sometime soon! Ah man! So many things are eating on my time. I have to get back to it especially if I want this as a career. I need to have several things close to done before I get out there and trying to do something with myself. I don’t know. Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed and I just have to stop myself from feeling that way!

That’s about all for now.