Pantser vs. Proposal--let the fight begin.

What happens when a pantser has to write her first proposal?

She has a panic attack.

I’m not a plotter. The closet I’ve come is sitting down and doing some brainstorming when I get stuck in a scene. My idea of an outline is the first draft. By then, I know everything and I guess I can then write the second draft the way a plotter would write the first draft.

So when I had to write two proposals for the next two installments of my MMA series, I blinked and was like, how am I supposed to do that? I have no idea what happens BEFORE I write it.

I won’t lie. It’s been hard. Harder than writing any book, that’s for sure.

GMC.

Goal. Motivation. Conflict.

Simple right?

Yeah. No.

All I can say is, I bow to you plotters.

I feel like my “proposal” is a bunch of nonsense that leads to more nonsense that has the ending result of huh? instead of I need to read this.

Not a very promising feeling. LOL.

I’m learning. Stepping outside my comfort zone.

It’s not the first time I’ve had to step outside the ole comfort zone, and it sure as hell won’t be the last, and it hasn’t killed me yet.

I may have lost a few handfuls of hair, but I can do this. I need to stop letting the doubt creep in and just accept that it’s okay not to know everything. That as long as I can get the idea down, I can make someone intrigued enough to say, "Hey, yeah I'd like to read this."

Man, I thought writing a synopsis was hard. It’s a freaking cake walk in comparison.

So have any of you had to step outside your comfort zone?

Abby

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