Somebody made a post a few days ago at WANATribe, about whether a person was a plotter or a “pantser” (Yeah, I didn’t know that term either, though if I think on it it makes sense: “by the seat of your pants, i.e. just writing straight through”). Me, I do both, depending on the situation. For stories not connected directly to a world, I don’t normally do a ton of planning, and well if I have a story that is connected, I tend to do the worldbuilding ahead of time so I kind of know the world — sort of. I tend to save most planning for novels, to tell the truth.
Is that a good thing? I don’t know, myself. Should I plan more? Don’t know that one either. I never planned out half the Kritter stories, or the Cherryn stuff that I wrote years ago at PariahOnline (www.dotguy.net). Then again, I spent years worldbuilding in Kritter, and I’ve also worldbuilt around the Cherryn tales, so I guess in the end I kind of post-production-worldbuilt (new term? lol).
Medunkna, though — that’s one world I’m barely beginning to get a grasp of. Sooo, yeah, it’s a little hedgy as to how it’s going. Theres potential for thatworld definitely, but Im struggling with this story. It’s actually the longest of them. It’s plodding along, even though I did get myself to write for an hour on it. I’m starting to wonder if anyone’s actually going to want this, but then again I can also think of several writers all quoting one another saying versions of, “most of what you write will be crap, it’s the rest that matters.”” K, fine, yeah I get that.
What have I gotten out of it thus far? 1)characterization, 2)worldbuilding, 3)didn’t know that dwarves didn’t have flight… they might not ever get it if I can’t figure this out.
Thankfully, I have gotten some thoughts together. We will see.