I wait for the first Wednesday of the month, so that I can talk of my insecurity for that month. IWSG aka Insecure Writers Support Group gives me the freedom to complain about my writing anxieties, worries, fears, doubts, insecurities, without looking silly as other writers too face similar issues. IWSG members help each other by giving suggestions on how to overcome these writing issues. Check out the IWSG website for helpful writing tips.
I can’t talk of IWSG without mentioning our amazing Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars), who started this awesome group to save writers globally from the negative effect of their own feelings. If you aren’t following Alex, you are missing out on a wonderful writer, a warm friend and a super helpful blogger.
I started my first YA novel on 1st April. I have so far written 37,061 words. I make it a point of writing 1000 words every day, hoping that by May end I will have the first draft ready. As of now I have made a decent progress.
Now its confession time. Unlike other writers who spend a lot of time world-building and outlining, I need to start writing immediately. Whenever I start world-building or writing a detailed outline, my mind rebels. I work best when I start writing, when the words flow, then the characters start talking to me.
I just have a basic outline in place; by that I mean I have a beginning, a middle and an ending in mind and several major plot points all plotted out. At that stage there is no extensive world-building.
When I read of how some writers spend months plotting every little detail, I feel guilty. Because for me as I work on subsequent drafts, I tighten the plot, add the details and character arcs and the sub-plots.
How do you all write? Are you a detailed outliner? Or like me do you have a basic outline in place?