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Writing on a whim

Today was a good day. I had some unexpected writing time so I sat down with my laptop and began tinkling away on my novel.

I’m currently working on the novel I started during NaNoWriMo. Although I would love to have more words down than I do, I am actually quite happy with my progress.

When I sit down to write I am usually a planner not a panster. I like to plan the story arc, the peaks and troughs for the characters and have a rough idea of the ending. I really do admire pansters who just sit down and the story appears before their eyes. However, during the process if this novel I have found myself drifting off and writing on a whim. Today was such a day.

While getting down to business following my ‘plan’  all of a sudden I found myself off on a tangent exploring a very much unexpected storyline. A surprising development that was the missing piece of the puzzle, slotting in perfectly. And best of all it has added a depth and texture that I felt the story had been lacking, just what I was looking for.

I quite like this pulling on my pansters and writing on a whim. I just hope it’s not a one off occurrence!


What writing technique works best for you?