It’s interview day with no interviewee

It appears I’ve been a little remiss this month. Things piled on top of me, easy decisions took difficult paths, inspiration which struck vividly suddenly paled and disintegrated.

And among all that, I completely forgot to fill the gap in my interview schedule. I had a cancellation a few months ago but was happily bumping up the next author in line, until this month when I didn’t.

I don’t want the spot to go to waste, so today I’m asking a question for us all to answer!

How do you approach a new project? Are you a plotter or a pantser, or somewhere in between? Where you do get your ideas?

and then, because not everyone who reads this is a writer,

How do you decide what book to read next? Where do you get your recommendations from – friends, websites, sponsored ads on Facebook, or somewhere else?

Feel free to answer both, I’m going to!

Question 1 – I’m a chronic pantser, and the older and wiser I get, the more I realise it’s the worst way to conduct a serious writing career. But my brain rebels – it doesn’t like order when it comes to writing. It likes chaos and confusion and to watch moments/paragraphs of genius rise from the ruins. (My brain has a much higher opinion of itself than I do… Genius, indeed 🤦)

Question 2 – I love browsing shelves for books – actually shelves in book shops or virtual ones. I look for striking titles or covers that intrigue me. And, obviously, I try to read my author friends’ books, although I’m behind on that at the moment – they keep writing new stuff!

And now it’s your turn…


11 thoughts on “Oops…

    1. I really must learn how to plot, Alex. I’ve got 2 notebooks (not full, luckily) for my new WIP, plus a folder with scraps of paper – and most of them are just telling the same part of the story from different POVs!


  1. I make a mental plan, usually start with the ending. Then I plot out the story and use about half of my notes after my pantser side takes over and changes up the plot.


  2. Hi Annalisa – I have to get back onto some sort of efficiency ladder … I’ve been coping (just) but not doing extra things … good luck – I’ll be alive and kicking soon – enjoy the warmer and hopefully sunnier weather! Cheers Hilary


    1. I think I go slower in the winter, Hilary – a form of hibernation where on essential stuff gets done. As the sun comes out, I wake up. I hope you feel bouncier soon!


  3. I love going into a book store and browsing the wide range of books available. I also enjoy libraries but there’s something about new books never picked up by another reader. 🙂


    1. Yes, I agree, Luciana – it’s like being a kid in a toy shop isn’t it? All those beautiful books. Actually, I was the kid in the book shop – if I ever found myself in a toy shop, I’d seek out the stationery aisle!

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  4. I usually approach new projects by writing the beginnings while they are all bright and shiny and new and taking me away from other projects. I am a plantser. I pants as much as I can and then plot the rest. But sometimes I completely plot out a story. And I get most of my ideas from dreams.


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