Temptation

temptation  My eyes are wandering…

I’m plugging my way through my plan for MyNoWriMo in July, working on my synopsis – but oh man, another system has caught my wandering eye, and I may switch to that. I just learned about the Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method, and it really appeals to me. I’m tempted to stop what I’m doing and start snowflaking. But this wondering makes me doubt myself. Does it mean I’m just pretending I’m going to write, spending all my time planning and planning to plan and not actually doing any real writing? If I hadn’t finished two books already (one of which is published, but it’s nonfiction so it’s a whole different beast), these doubts might overwhelm me. But I have finished those two books, so I will beat those doubts to death with a blunt quill and move on to deciding which system I will use. Heck, I’ve got a lot of time until July (or at least it seems that way from here *laughs hollowly*), so maybe I’ll work both, in parallel, somehow. So – will I snowflake, or will I road map, or both? This inquiring mind wants to know. I’ll keep my breathless audience posted on my decision.

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8 thoughts on “Temptation

  1. I totally get the whole ‘plotting as a form of procrastination’ thing because I’ve been guilty of it myself. But where the line is… dunno, lol.

    Stopping by from QOTKU blog 🙂

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  2. Hi Celia, hopping over from Janet Reid’s blog. I learned to plot after four disasters. The snowflake method makes tons of sense. The book that turned me around was Shimmering Images thanks to Janet’s suggestion.

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  3. Hi Celia,
    I’m also a lurker on Janet Reid’s blog, which is how I found you. My debut mystery, Quick Pivot, will be realeased at the end of this month(4/27). I don’t pretend to be an expert, but think the process/method matters less than the discipline. For me, butt in chair wiring every single damn day is what matters. Your mileage may vary, but to me, there is nothing like writing regularly to get you in the groove. Best of luck to you.

    Brenda Buchanan

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    • Very wise advice, Brenda. Congratulations on your impending release! I’ll try to apply that principle, which I’ve also seen this way: BISHOK (Butt In Seat, Hands On Keyboard). Wish me luck!

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