Tag: writing process

Feb 02, 2015
By Michael Rupured
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Pantsing Magic

Plotters plan out everything about a story ahead of time. Pantsers make up the story as they go along. My writing process has been different for each of my novels, but I fall squarely on the pantsing side of the continuum. I drift toward plotting now and then, but no matter how hard I try, my books never turn out as planned. I shouldn’t be surprised. Something always knocks my plans for the future off course. Shit happens. Unexpected opportunities arise. Nothing in my life has ever turned out the way I thought it would. Why should my novels be any different? Writing my first novel was like driving for the first time with no idea where I was going. Operating the vehicle was a challenge. …

Feb 21, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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Doing it My Way

Blogs and books about writing fiction and getting published contain tons of helpful tips and suggestions. I’ve read many and have been surprised by how consistent the advice is across various sources. Read a few and you’ll have step-by-step instructions for the universal best practices writers must follow. Except they don’t. I know quite a few well enough to know how they go about writing a novel. No two tackle the job the same way. My advice would be to try the prescriptions, but if they don’t work for you, find something that does. My process is still…evolving, and has been different for each of my books. But whether I plan all the details out ahead of time or make them …