October 6, 2010 by Renee
It’s been a busy couple of weeks on The Edge. Busy is good, but soon I’d like to see busy turn into money. You hear me money gods? I need some of what you got.
Okay, so because I often have hours of time on my hands, I’ve taken on a page as the Canada Books Examiner. Yep, got too much time to get into trouble. This should make sure I have no spare minutes with which to scheme. Author spotlights, fiction writing and book reviews will now be placed on the Canada page and all the other stuff; writing conferences, local book-related events, etc. you’ll find on the Toronto page.
In other news, I’ve concocted a scheme to bring everyone over to the dark side. In OFW’s November challenge, I’ve challenged members to produce an outline for a new writing project and further tempted them by mentioning we’ll be using said outline in further challenges. Oh, crafty me. We’ll get those Pantsers to see the light yet. I’m very curious to see, after they’ve completed outlining, writing and rewriting these projects, how many continue to write on the fly.
You see, I too was once a pantser and swore I could NOT write from an outline. I mean, how boring is that? To know what will happen, to plan every little detail? Ugh. No thanks. But then I tackled a project I’ve called I Do and Other Lies We Tell and I had no other choice. To begin with three threads, three separate stories and then tie them all together midway through, was confusing and frustrating and I just couldn’t do it the way I’d done other projects. So, an outline had to be written. As I compiled character notes, chapter outlines, etc. I came up with new ideas, new characters and more. At that point I realized I’d never write another novel without an outline.
So, I’ll let you know if my scheming pays off. I’ve made it almost impossible to resist. They don’t call us Plotters for nothing you know.