Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Extreme Makeover: Writer Edition

I've been thinking a lot about what kind of writer I am. I figure I'm a good mashing of a plotter and a panster. I create a sort-of-plot-outline-thingy with turning points labeled out (that rarely turn out that way in the end). I don't know where my chapters should begin or end or what my characters are going to do in any given scene. I let the story work itself out...within my boundaries, I suppose.

I stepped back from the computer today, listened to the washing machine whish and whirl, watched Bailey, my "rat-dog" terrier, curl up in a ball at my feet and waited for inspiration to strike me. It didn't, but that's not the point.

I realized I'm not an organized writer. Not at all. I don't clean my house (or even my desk!) before settling down to write. I don't shower, dress in my best, or get a manicure before pounding away at the keys. Most days I'm in my pajamas with a cooling cup of coffee and my hair--Lord, my hair!--just isn't cutting it. I think I've scared the postman on a few occasions.

What about you? Are you a grungy writer like me, or do you primp and prep for your writing day?


Lisa said...

I'm usually showered and dressed because I have to take my little ones to school. Other than that, nope, I don't do any sort of prep. I write until lunch and then break to eat and clean my house before I pick up the girls.

Nicki Elson said...

Grungy writing rules! Who's got time to shower when inspiration strikes? hehe. I classify myself as a "Lazy Plotter" -- if you like, looks like you can join that club with me. ;)

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

I'm a big procrastinator, so I pants it a lot of the time. However, I get phases where I get quite meticulous in my plotting, and I really enjoy that heavy planning stage. Mostly though, I just wing it, hehe.

Kristin Miller said...

Lisa--Lunch is my cut-off too. Can't wait to plot with you today!

Nicki--Lazy that my classification? I think I'm okay with that. :)

Jamie--Can't wait to get my hands on some of your work!

Kari Marie said...

I'm a little like you. I have a rough idea of where things are going, but it's fluid. During the week, I write first (in pajamas) and then get ready to go to work. On the weekends I'm all grungy too. :)

Kristin Miller said...

Kari, so glad I'm not the only one!! That sounds exactly like my day, except my work comes to the form of two munchkins. :) Don't know how you writer/workers do it. That should be a post all its own.