Monday, August 31, 2009

Plotting Wishes

Belinda here.

Strange, title, huh? But it's true. Right about now I have plotting wishes. In other words, I wish I could plot. In advance. Long before I start the book. When I plot I feel like I've already written the book and the thrill is gone. I know some people reading this won't understand, but that's okay. I don't understand how someone sits down, plots the whole novel, then writes it.

I'm very close to the end of my book. I need 10 more scenes. I don't think I really realize how much I need to wrap up in those ten scenes. I'm thinking back, rereading some of the earlier scenes, glancing at my One Note file I've made regarding all things that weave throughout the manuscript. I actually thought it would be easier this time to write the end of the book because I've worked this through pretty quickly for me, so I thought the ending scenes would just come.

But they're not. And really, it's okay. I'm still finding out things about my characters which will make the revision so much fun! (Yes, I'm psyching myself up for that--and remember I promised myself the new revising book by James Scott Bell as my reward for finishing this book!)

So here are our ideas to ponder and questions for today. For those of you who are seat of the pansters do you generally find the end of the book easier or harder to write than the rest of the book. And for you plotters, how often does your ending change from your original plotting outline.

Maybe next Monday when it's back to my turn at blogging I'll be able to tell you all I've written the end. (Which is really the beginning!! The beginning of revising!)


  1. You know, it's funny. As much of a pantser as I am, I usually have the ending figured out before or soon after I start a book. I can envision the scene and how it works. What I don't know is how they're going to get there!

  2. Yes I don't write but I can understand the sayine you have, because when you end one book it is
    the beginning of another.


  3. I just figured out my ending today! I usually know it the whole time, but this one wasn't coming to me. I'm writing the synopsis now, so I'm happy that I finally know what's going to happen.

  4. Mindy,
    I'm with you. How do they get there?? I know my last scene, but that's it.

  5. Edna,
    I'm always excited to start writing a new book. Just like reading a new one.

  6. I'm glad you figured your ending out, Missy. Don't you love a good ending?

  7. Sometimes I've done it by the seat of my pants and other times I've plotted ahead of time. In either case, the ending comes more easily than the "middle" part. Most of my work seems to include the "logical consequences" sort of ending and gives great fulfillment in the creating of the final scenes. Conversely, sometimes the beginning has been changed several times before I'm finished.

  8. Alice---that's great you can do either. And you are right, the ending comes more easily than the middle part. The very end that is. Can't wait to see you and meet your group.