Hi readers. If you have been following my progress on White Stag Trials, you'll probably notice that I haven't posted a new chapter for a number of weeks. "But Daniel you are supposed to be a serial author who writes and publishes regularly!" I know. It hurts me deep inside. Maybe you haven't even thought that, but maybe you are a writer and can relate to what I'm about to talk about.
I'm a Pantser, not a Plotter. Most writers will have heard these terms before - I'll write up a blog post at some point about the meanings in detail - but for now I'll just give a brief explanation of the two. A Plotter is a writer who can outline their story more or less completely before they even start their draft, while a Pantser struggles to do this, or even dislikes the act of plotting altogether. A Pantser writes by the seat of their pants. They are as surprised by where the story goes as the reader will be.
More on that another time, but here's where - for me - being a Pantser begins to be an issue. When I don't know where the story is going and struggle to write until I am inspired, which is less and less as my writing schedule becomes moot. It becomes increasingly difficult to write a story regularly as I face uncertainty as to where the story is going. Even more so when you are unsure of where your personal life is headed and your regular schedule is disrupted.
So that's where I've been at for a number of weeks. So many weeks in fact that Channillo (the site where I'm uploading my chapters in full) emailed me to ask why I haven't been updating my series.
So what am I doing about it? I'm training myself to become more of a Plotter. I'm not very good at it yet, but I figure it's just like any other skill: it can be learned. I'll write a post on exactly how it is I plot (maybe once i have it figured out myself). But for now, just know that White Stag Trials will continue. I will continue to plot and write until the story is told.
Have you gone through a similar experience? Lets talk about it in the comments!