August Update: Home Sweet Road
It’s said that authors fall into one of two categories:
Planners outline their books before writing them.
Pantsers have maybe a rudimentary idea of their story or characters, but overall, they’re flying by the seat of their pants.
I’m solidly in the planner camp.
I’ve tried not having an idea for a story and just running with it. At best the results have been mixed. Which is to say that some of the story is kind of interesting, a fair bit needs a lot of work, and most of the story completely sucks.
In working on my three current Rucksack Universe titles (The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road and Forever the Road), I’ve learned that I need a solid yet flexible plan to craft an effective, compelling story.
Planning my stories is like building a building. There’s an extensive planning process, then the work begins, and when things come up on the job (e.g., a plot point doesn’t work as thought, or some action needs tightening or expanding), you deal, modify and improve.
It’s a fun way for me to work, and more and more that fun shows in the writing.
So I’ll get back to cranking on Home Sweet Road, both planning and drafting, both rewriting and improving. All too soon I’ll be able to let you know when it’s going to be ready for you.