Prewriting for Pantsers
For those of us who can’t plot a story to save our lives, we can end up spending an inordinate amount of time revising. After selling my first novel, I realized that I needed a more efficient way to write other than to write, rip apart, and rewrite. However, I still couldn’t plot. The story just wouldn’t come. Instead, I learned to focus on my characters. Time spent truly knowing my hero and heroine has allowed me to craft stories that fit who they are and has saved hours of revision time. I will discuss personality types, creating a soundtrack, making collages, and how all of that plays into writing a solid story.
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. Her new series For Your Love is a spinoff of the O’Learys. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.