Ah, the age-old question every writer is faced with: Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you painstakingly outline every scene before you begin writing or do you take a vague idea, sit down, and pound it out without any forethought, flying by the seat of your pants?
Authors have written entire books about why your novel will fall apart if you don’t outline. Pantsers insist that outlining sucks the joy out of writing. Where’s the excitement if you already know what happens? So many people insisting their way is the only right way…
Whether you’re a Plotter (like me) or a Panster (oh you crazy kids), at some point in your writing career you are going to have to plot your story. It could be to meet up with a deadline, help write someone’s idea or to avoid those pesky plot holes. There’s no use avoiding it so let’s run head first into how to successfully plot like a pro and outline a manuscript.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, or what you write- as an author you want- nay, need- a social media presence. And not because you need an outlet to spam your book-selling links once they’re available… to be honest, this is the last reason you should want a social media presence (though it will be the most beneficial).
To Tweet or not to Tweet – That is the Question
In today’s world of writing, an author is not merely sat alone at a desk pouring over a typewriter and using Tipex and backspace to make corrections until the lonely hours of the night. No log cabin retreats with hand-written pages by an oil lamp. (As much as I’d like). Today, social media and marketing play a huge part of every author’s journey. So let’s break it down.
Jodi Herlick is a young adult fantasy author in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has an MFA in creative writing and has taught fiction writing and grammar to a variety of age groups, including kids, teens, and college students.
She is represented by Nicole Payne of Golden Wheat Literary.
Chio Zoe is a Young Adult Fantasy writer. Her debut novel To Cross a Blade amd Dagger placed her as a finalist in the Breakthrough Novel Awards. She is currently working on book 2 scheduled to be released in 2019.
M. Dalto is a fiction author of adventurous romantic fantasy and her bestselling debut novel, Two Thousand Years, was a 2016 Watty Award winner on Wattpad.com. She continues to volunteer her time as both a Wattpad Ambassador and a #WriteMentor mentor, where she hopes to engage, assist, and inspire new writers.
Marisa Noelle is a writer of young adult and middle grade novels. She leans towards grounded science-fiction, urban fantasy and paranormal but mental health issues are important to her writing too. Her first book, The Shadow Keepers is out now and her second, The Unadjusteds, in October.