I've just typed THE END on TREASURED HUNTER this week - a WIP involving a kick-ass siren, a bitter treasure hunter and lots of sparkly things.
Now, because I tore quite a few thousand words out of this one (um, three times), there are still many, many jagged edges. I kept thinking of better storylines as I attempted to pants (that is, write without the aid of an outline - by the seat of your pants, as it t'were), and I kept having to go back and alter what had happened before. Oy.
I tried pantsing, I really did, but I suck at it. Then I get shitey at myself for having to go back and fix stuff.
Part-way through, I broke and did character studies, a mind-map, and a storyboard (after the third fix that affected the WHOLE story) and I've even done a fair bit of a synopsis. Woo, that's big...
I work better this way.
How about you? Plotter or pantser? Any advice? Any fun/heartrending/entirely forgettable experiences?
Which segues not-very-neatly into another thing - authors and said authors coming to SA!
SARA (South Australian Romance Authors), in conjunction with RWA is bringing Romancing the Novel Seminar to little ol' Adelaide - a 2010 Romance Roadshow Event!
There are some very cool guest speakers in Anna Campbell and Yvonne Lindsay, plus SARA members like Elizabeth Rolls and Trish Morey. And much more...
I'm there! It's on May 15th.
More at the SARA website - and thanks to Eleni for bringing it to my attention! Just what I was waiting for, I think!
Take care, Em x