Make It Work #11: Pantser Edition — Self-Motivation, Bob-Rossing, and Self-Editing (#selfpublishing #writingtips #amwriting)

Hello, Friends and Scribes!

New video at the end of the post!

I didn’t want to write yesterday for yeahwrite even though it is my goal to write something once a week and put it out there.  I didn’t want to feed my kids yesterday (seriously, I just fed you two hours ago!). I didn’t want to blog today.

That’s the truth of it.

It’s been several weeks of being mentally beaten by my inner berating beast. Accepting that not everyone is going to like my stories and that keeping my eye only on the pinnacle of perfection doesn’t help me write is a challenge. After giving myself this lecture, I sat down and banged out a story.

“Self,” I said, “write it down; edit later. Just Bob-Ross that shit. Shut up and write.”

The story turned out to be decent and eligible to try and sell.  I even made myself grin a few times. Have I ever mentioned how much I love dialogue?

In the deepest of ironies, it took five times as long to make the video about that story than it took to write it. If that doesn’t put things into perspective, I don’t know what will.

For those of you who struggle with writing or using prompts perhaps this casual chit-chat video will inspire you. I go through it Panster style. I talk through how I started with a vague idea and molded the character around it and let the scene unfold. I explain why I chose certain words (to show — not tell — character and scenes with balance) and how writing flash fiction has taught me how to finish a story by curbing my verbose habits.


Tids and Bits: I had originally planned to make a “How to Format Your Print Book” — er, and a Take 1 that had to be trashed due to an audio problem — or even to brag a bit that I wrote a total stranger, and showed him a cobbled together macro that I had no clue how I got to work (but it did). He helped me fix it and wrote back to tell me, “I learned something new. Thanks!” Such is the way of a Pantser.

Yes, I am aware of the “it’s” and “stoped” typo.  Talking is distracting while editing. Write first edit second, third, fouth… 🙂


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