Dear Christian Indies,
When the podcast was new, and the ladies and I were each in various stages of our writing journey, it was interesting to see how we approached each new writing question in a different way. One such topic was outlining; more specifically, we wondered about each of us – whether we would perform better as “plotters” or “pantsers.”
Jenifer decided to give plotting a try. Now, something I have since learned about Jenifer is that she never does anything half-way. I’ll never forget when she showed up at our writing retreats with a gigantic piece of cardboard – the kind of thing you see at a child’s science fair – marked off to represent the three main acts of her novel, and bedecked with post-it notes, each outlining a specific plot point in her novel.
It was a thing of beauty, I tell you.
We teased her, of course – mostly about the size of the thing – but only out of the kind of jealous, admirational love that provokes most sisterly teasing;we all, of course, longed to have our novel as expertly laid out before us as Jen had taken the time to do! Our envy only increased as her output did; she would put that thing on the desk and type away, returning at the end of each sprint to report that yet another scene – and, thereby another post it note, the location or contents of which which she could have great satisfaction in updating – had been conquered.
She will tell you more about her “evolution” into the plotter that she is today on this week’s podcast. The other ladies and I will also be letting you know where our own writing journey has taken us, whether we are “plotting along” or “flying by the seat of our pants.” Here is a link to the original episode.