How to be more productive as a panster

Try applying ‘living in the moment’ to your writing.

Sounds easy, right? Well, not for me. But the more I thought about the idea, the more I began to realize that is how I write. I write as my characters interact in their moments. Mindfulness is not just for day-to-day living, but for writing too.

Stay with me. Don’t let your mind wander.

Did you ever try to cram more and more into your day? And at the end feel as though you’d accomplished nothing? Me too.

Woman Multitasking

After reading Writing By the Seat of Your Pants by Karen Bell-Brege, I began to understand how pansters are like improv artists.

Pansters let the characters improvise the flow of their story. We do not hold them to an outline.

What it means to write ‘live in the moment’?

  • Improv is storytelling. Weave the bold, weird and unusual into the story.
  • Focus. Focus on the immediate action in the story.  Don’t think about anything else but what is happening on your screen.
  • Say yes. I loved this tip. Stuck? Start the next sentence with yes…
  • Even the darkest story has humorous moments. Add a little laughter to the tears.
  • Remember objects, everyday objects and even imaginary objects,  add realism to the story. Look around the area your character is in at the moment. Show the reader what you see.
  • Show movement. Characters move, show your readers what they are doing.
  • Listen. Listen not just to what your characters are saying, but to the noises around them. Is there a radio, tv, diners, birds, etc.?

These are just a few of the tips I gleaned from Karen’s article. Head over to her post and tell me what you think.

Have you ever wanted to add humor to your story?

Do you stay in the moment with your characters?

Have you ever thought of writing as improv?

 

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Is this why writing is so hard?

To write we must have a clear head. Yikes!

David McCullough quote - Writing is thinking.

Improving Your Writing Will Improve Your Thinking

Okay…

Which comes first thinking or writing? Writing or thinking? What about ideas first, then writing/thinking???

Bitmoji Jean Cogdell headache

 

Ouch, think I just got an idea and my brain hurts.

 

 

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Most popular posts of the past 7 years

My how time flies-7 years and counting.

Some days I find it hard to believe I’ve been on WordPress that long.

Other days, I feel as though I’ve been writing blog posts for a zillion years. LOL

Over time, my blog has evolved and changed several times. I’ve written 3 books for children, dabbled with coloring books and journals. I’ve had several flash fiction stories published and entered a few contests. (Placed but never brought the top trophy home.)

So, in honor of me sticking with one thing for 7 years, I’m sharing 7 popular posts. One for each year. Please don’t be too critical of the really old ones.

It’s been a wonderful, maddening journey where I’ve met great writers who have encouraged and helped me improve my craft. Thanks, to everyone for hanging in there with me.

I hope you enjoy my walk down memory lane. 

  1.   – South of the Border Magic 
  2.  – Sparks of Creativity  
  3.  – The magic happens here 
  4.   – This is what they don’t tell you about becoming a writer.
  5.   –Do You know how to write a book review? 
  6.  – How to take your idea to story
  7.   – You need to double your amazon security
I love reading your comments and feedback. Please share your thoughts. Thanks!

 

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How to make finding just the right title fun

Do you write the story to fit the title or the title to fit the story?

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I find it easier to write the story to fit a title. The title for me is a bit of a springboard.

But, my newest work-in-progress, I began writing the story without an inkling of the title. I do have a working title but nothing has jelled for me.

Has this ever happen to you?

Do you discover the right titles easy?

No matter which you do first, have a little fun playing with the words of a title and see where it takes you.

To help, check out these quirky generators. Although you may not find the perfect title for your story, the process may trigger your muse.

Book Title Generators by Tara Sparkling

Book Title Generator by Reedsy

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