I’ve decided to make a go at NaNoWriMo this year, but since my current focus is editing I’m setting my goal to 50hrs of editing.
One of the eternal, fundamental debates among the community of writers is between the “plotters” and the “pantsers.” Plotters stand on the side of order behind a phalanx of outlines, character sketches, and spreadsheets, while pantsers stand on the side of chaos, poised over a blank page, ready to spill words.
A friend recently asked me how I spend my writing time, about the habits that help me finish a story.
When you’re writing a story, do you shoot for a daily word count and stop when you reach it, or do you just sit down and see where the work takes you?
When I was younger, and reading mostly licensed, genre novels, I dreamed of writing genre fiction as good as the best literary works, that would garner the same level of respect. I also wanted to write at least one book in every major fiction genre and elevate the entire field of literature. Young men dream big.