Writing Solutions: Be Flexible

FlexibleWhere do you like to write?  I have my own office.  That said, it is the home office with the home computers.  Sometimes I have company.  A friend of mine takes her laptop and writes in a coffee shop.  For me, that environment is too distracting.

How do you write?  I have one friend who always writes the first draft in longhand.  I prefer to draft on the computer although I may print that out and revise in longhand in the dining room.  Another friend never prints a draft.  She works entirely on-screen.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?  For those who don’t know the terms, a plotter plans out their story ahead of time. A pantser writes by the seat of her pants figuring it out as she goes.

Do you start with plot or character? Or perhaps a topic you want to explore?

What you should be seeing here is that there is no one way to do things.  From where you write to how you start your story varies from writer to writer.  It can also vary from one project to another and also depend on where you are in your life.

Most writers prefer to work in certain ways.  A writer who plots the whole story out in a database on her laptop might not be table to imagine working any other way.  But the ideal writing solution for you right now might not be the ideal writing solution for you next week or even tomorrow.  If you’re lucky, you’ll transition in to your next “best way to work” without even realizing you’ve done it.

If, on the other hand, the best way to work quits working, take a look at your circumstances.  Has something changed that requires a new way for working?  If that’s the case, be flexible and write on.  Too read more about writing time, check out my post today at the Muffin.