March 15, 2013 by Kira Lyn Blue
I mean that the experience itself is bizarre and much more complex than I imagined when I started. I’m a pantser by nature. In other words, I don’t work off an outline. I just open up a doc and start writing and kind of see what happens. I usually have an idea of the bigger plot points going in, I’ve daydreamed the scenes in my head from a zillion different angles while making coffee, brushing my teeth, or before drifting off to sleep at night, but once pen goes to paper (or cursor to screen) my characters have a tendency to take over.
It’s almost like I’m filming an improvised scene for a movie with headstrong actors who have their own ideas about what’s going to happen and could care less about what my plans are. I write a few pages then have to yell “Cut!” and make them shoot it again tweaking the parts that didn’t come out right in the previous take.
Sometimes we make it through a whole chapter and then realize that one of the actors was having a bad day and was out of character, or we missed an important reveal, or someone is screen hogging, or… well, you get the idea. It can be exhausting.
On good days, though, some of the best dialogue or actions just happen. It’s strange because I have no idea where some of this stuff comes from. It’s also fun and exhilarating to see the characters come alive. Which makes it all worthwhile.