Your post today on querying got me thinking. I'm currently in the early stages of planning my next novel (to be a series). I'm paying extra attention to plot and twists, as I think that's where I've been weakest in the past. But as I read the query advice, I started thinking that I can use that to shape my plot, at the outset, to make sure I don't write a 100k words without making it crystal clear what the stakes are. What MC wants. What's stopping him/her from getting it. Etc.
Do you recommend that writers start the query and the novel outline at the same time, to make sure all those boxes are checked? Of course, at least in my experience, novels and characters can get opinionated about where they want to go and what they do and sometimes those early outlines look nothing like the final ms. But then, if MC wants to take a left in Albuquerque, maybe a test is how that plays in the draft query? Am I just having a light bulb moment on something that should have been obvious? Any thoughts most welcome, thank you!
well, actually I try not to tell writers how to write.
I can evaluate if the results fit my list, appeal to me, are something I think I can sell, yadda yadda yabbadabbadoo, but how you get there? That's all you.
Which is not to say I won't weigh in on this, cause I've always got an opinion!
See if it helps.
if it does, yahooooo!
If it doesn't, well, now you know.
Pantsing vs plotting is one of the subjects discussed in Jeff Somers' Writing Without Rules, which is one of the best and most hilarious craft books I've ever read. Of course, Jeff is a client and I sold that book, so maybe I'm
The writers who read this blog probably have opinions worth listening to!