Saturday, September 14, 2013

Prettier over there?

Diana here:

I have to admit I am stuck.
I'm a writer so this is my issue, it may not be yours, but I bet you have something similar.

When I write I'm a panster.
A what?
Panster. That means I sit in my chair and let the words flow from my fingers. I love writing that way.

Then one day I decided I should learn to be better prepared like those Plotters.
A what?
Plotter. They write down every chapter and what is going to happen a real outline. Sounded wonderful.
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So I crawled out of my pretty panster chair and plotted a book. Only then I couldn't write the story. It felt dead, characters thinner than a spider web--Spider webs were more exciting as they look invisible but you can feel them on your skin.

So what could I do about it? Pray, yes of course, but it wasn't until I came upon this verse in Romans that I got it.

"Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and others for common use?" Romans 9:20

Yes! That's it! If you take out special purposes and common use and put in panster and plotter it becomes clear to me that we are made the way we are on purpose! I knew that but I needed to be reminded. 

So I'm getting cozy in my panster chair. Ah it feels good to be home where I belong.

How about you? Have you been climbing out of your pretty place trying to be something else?


6 comments:

  1. I can relate to this Diana. Trying new things is good, but I hesitate to say that when it comes to writing. It's like you stomp on your muse!

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  2. Christy, it's sad because I like to try new thing and often times it add to what I'm doing. I knew from the start I should have quit this class but I paid for it and what if it worked?

    I will say it was well taught and if you are a plotter you learned a lot. So now I'm doing odd things to get my creativity going again.
    Blessings,
    Diana

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  3. Diana--Pansters unite! Ha!! I have tried outlining and felt the same way you did. I feel like I can write better, even though it's not easy, panstering my way through. And I know plotting's not easy either... Thanks for this reminder.

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    1. Your welcome , Lindy. Follow your strength!
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  4. I started out a pantser but soon realized I didn't like such steep revising. So I grew into a plotter. :) I guess I'm probably truly something in between. I've learned to plot enough that I know the story will hold together--and enough to write a proposal to sell. But then I do the writing by only planning a few scenes at a time. That allows for discovering the story as I go.

    I love this job! :)

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    1. There you go. The perfect blend, Missy.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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