Saturday, April 27, 2013

To Plot? Or Just Run With It?

To Plot? Or to Just Run With It?

I used to be only in the ‘just run with it’ camp, but I’m moving more and more toward the ‘plot’ camp. At first I thought plotting would box me in and I would feel trapped and the story would lose the living element I loved, but that’s not true. I find so much more freedom now, knowing where my characters are ultimately trying to go and accomplish. That, I’m able to write much faster and cleaner than I ever was before. PLUS, I have nearly eliminated that pesky problem of writing myself into a corner and having to delete pages and pages of uselessness while I go back and try and figure out where I took the wrong turn. If you write, you know what I'm talking about...if you don't, bless your heart, and pray you never do. LOL.

Plotting gives me the ability to look at the 'Big Picture' which is very important for series. And I am seeing the warning signs of a serial series writing career in my future. Organization is going to be my friend. So, I'm embracing it with open arms. Excel is also quickly becoming my go to program for timelines, character data, and overal plotting. I LOVE my color coded boxes!

Tell me what you think about plotting... What is your preference? Do you have one? Do you 'Just Run With It'?

I just released two books this spring, FINDING HOPE, the second book in the Pool of Souls series and CHASING SAM, the first book in my developing Vegas Mates series. Let me just tell you, Vegas Mates is really starting to take on a life of it’s own. I can’t wait until I’m a little further in to the plotting of Vegas Mates Book 2 and can start sharing more about that world.
Pool of Souls of course is still my baby. I love Aphrodite

and Ares and the chemistry between them is just…SIZZLING! Pool of Souls Book 3 is in the just being plotted stage too, and I’ll let a little something slip. There will be a suspenseful element in this one! I love trying something new and Pool of Souls is such a genre breaker already, ROFL, I’m going for it. Why not throw a little romantic suspense in the mix!

I attended the DARA Conference – Dreaming in Dallas in March, and got to hear from all these spectacular writers. I have some new ideas to try for my plotting to make it even more streamlined and even faster and cleaner writing than it is now. I’m also reading a book, 2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron. This has been a fabulous book as well. Between my notes from Cherry Adair, Christie Craig, and now Rachel Aaron, I have a lot of organizing to do. It will take me a little longer to get started on projects but I know it will pay off in the end.

Liberty, Jimmy, Krystal
You can see I have plotting on the brain. I’m currently working to get Vegas Mates Book 2, Pool of Souls Book 3, and a brand new series plotted all at the same time. I know, I know, but I can’t seem to shut my damn brain off, so I JUST RUN WITH IT!!! LOL!

Oh! I also have another novella coming out soon with Decadent One Night Stand line and hopefully
a second later this year for their new TEASE line!

As you can see… the plotting never ends!

Krystal Shannan Love and Destiny in all Realms
Author of
Chasing Sam: Vegas Mates Book 1 Amazon |& Others
Open House: Pool of Souls Book 1 Amazon |& Others
Finding Hope: Pool of Souls Book 2 Amazon |& Others
A Very Russian Christmas Amazon |& Others
JUST RIGHT from Decadent Publishing - Coming Soon!


  1. Good post. I am a plotter. I can't stand writing by the seat of my pants. They take too much post production work. I am a list maker so when I started writing I started with lists. Thanks for the nonfiction reading suggestion. I will try it.

    1. Thanks :-) LOL, I still do plenty of writing by the seat of my pants, but at least now I have sticky notes full of directions to help me take the right turns!

  2. Surprising to those of you who know me, I used to be a pantser! I'm a list maker like Natalie - love a list! I just recently started plotting and outlining more ahead of time last year because my series needed a "big picture" plan. For a while I got along just fine as a "pantser," though, allowing my characters to drop ideas into my head as I went. They still do that, but outlining with plot points at the very outset alleviates a bit of tension.

    1. I totally agree, though I am not really a list maker.... I'm more of a disorganized sticky-note disaster, with some really good directions in my Excel program. But I'm getting better and that's what matters. That and the fact that I'm writing a lot more now.

  3. Well done Krystal! Great use of DARA knowledge. I feel somewhat like you...I used to assume I would just go with it and write the story as it flowed. By now, I have seen the error of my ways, so to speak and really loved Cherry Adiar's input on plotting and planning. I know I have so much more to learn but but boy am I glad I can try and avoid those blasted corners! ;)


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