I so admire authors who can write a story from beginning to end without stopping or editing as they go. They save all that once they finish their first, rough draft.
I have never been able to do this. I am constantly going back to what I’ve already written, tweaking, changing words or sentences or…gasp…whole pages! However, when I’m done with a chapter, I’m pretty much done. I’m not a pantster (an author who writes by the seat of their pants). I’m not a plotter. I don’t meticulously outline my entire story although I do have plot points…things I want to have happen but they’re not in any particular order.
What I am…is a puzzler. I write scenes as they come to me then kinda puzzle it all together. This works for me. Not sure why.
As a puzzler, I never know when a scene will come to mind. Or dialogue. Or another plot point that needs to be made and I’m fortunate that I can write anywhere. Noise doesn’t bother me. Neither does movement out of the corner of my eye. Once I’m writing, I can pretty much ignore everything.
So…I make provisions for that. I carry notebooks in my purse and I always, always have multiple tablets available. I prefer colored, lined paper. Currently, I have yellow, blue, purple and pink. I also have some writing tablets that are multicolored (on the same page) and some that have little designs on them. I like colored ink, too, but mostly, I write with a mechanical pencil. I don’t use the eraser….takes too much time. I simply cross out and keep going. I use a lot of arrows, too, because one thought begets another thought, but it may not be where it needs to be. I’ll also write up the side of the page (in the margin).
Here’s an example. This page was written while I was in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles, waiting to have my car emissions tested! Admittedly, the technician looked at me strangely, probably because I was mumbling to myself as I wrote…and laughing a little bit, too. I'm not crazy...I swear!