Plantsing My Way Through Books

Another great article, Trey. 🙂

I’ve tried The Snowflake Method. For me, it works for short story writing, but when I came to writing my first novel (now first drafting) I found the environment too confining. Now, I write straight into Scrivener, then export each scene or scene fragment into iAWriter to print and file.

Similar to your current method, I have an overview of the story in a notebook. While I’m typing into Scrivener, I have the notebook handy to jot down anything that suggests itself for edits and/or additions in past and upcoming scenes. I don’t edit as I go along. I’m leaving that joy (hahaha) for the first revisions.


Some people plot, meaning they plan their novels before they write them (also called outlining). On the other hand, some people (like me), don’t. We pants (meaning someone who ‘flies by the seat of their pants’) and have no plan at all, or at least not to the same degree as a plotter. This is also called discovery writing, (which is what I used to call it long before I heard of the pantsing term).

So I don’t plot. Or well I do. I don’t make an outline though. Or well kind of. I make an overview. One single document, detailing the basic plot, some of the characters, what’s going to happen and maybe why. This document might have notes to myself, ideas about names for characters, or big underlined warnings (DON’T DO THIS!). I hesitate to call it an outline because I don’t really use it when I write…

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Book Review: Sakura Spark by Tomson Cobb

Sounds good!


Sakura Spark isas the cover tells usa thriller about Jago Hale, investigative journalist and ex-military man. And it’s absolutely amazing.

Jago lives a lavish life after having left his secretive past behind. He writes articles, spends time doing what he likes, and tries to forget. That’s until a break-in at his house pulls him back in, forcing him to return to his old habits. Not really wanting anything to do with it, but at the same time finding himself at the center of it all, Jago has no choice but to follow the breadcrumbs hoping they’ll lead to some answers. If he’s lucky, maybe even about his wife’s death.

Cobb’s writing is sharp and detailed, clear and fast-paced (just the way I like it), but at the same time beautiful and well-composed. This book doesn’t waste time on intricate backstories, instead utilizing small drips of information…

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Book Review: Life After Death by Jackson Paul Baer


*I received a complimentary copy of this book, and I’m leaving a voluntary review*

Another great book by Jackson Paul Baer. I think this is my fourth one, and second in the ‘An American Family’ series. You can read my review for the first one here, but the short story is that it’s a magnificent thriller about a family who loses their mother and wife to a serial killer.

This book picks up where the other left off, with Isaac, the father and husband trying to build up a life with his new wife, and his children trying to carry on with their own. It’s about life, love, and the struggle of having lived through a horrible event.

Baer writes how he always has; with passion, clarity, and captivation. Is style is clear and beautiful, not over the top, and the book isn’t too long. Just the way I…

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Taking A Break From Writing


One and a half week ago I sent my WIP away to my editor for some much needed TLC. Now, I always write on multiple things. I have a main WIP, then I usually always work on the following book, as well as a little side project. (Gotta have some of those side projects).

But when I sent my main WIP away, I thought to myself: “You know what? Don’t. Don’t write anything for a bit. Take a break. Read instead. See what happens.”

I’m not the kind of person who doesn’t read while they write. I usually always write, and I definitely always read. I suppose I get why some people are afraid to be influenced or to copy someone’s voice, but that’s not me. I’m not good enough to copy someone’s voice, even if I tried. So I always read.

But now that I sent my WIP away…

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Whoa! The Matrix Is a Symmetrical Film

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The Wachowskis have made yet another box-office bomb in the form of Jupiter Ascending. But that doesn’t mean that all of their films are terrible. I would like to draw your mind back to a time when they seemed like they were going to be the next Ridley Scott.

I’m talking, of course, about 1999 when The Matrix debuted and wowed audiences with its unique visual style and intriguing metaphysical ideas. Do you think this movie has already been dissected to death, and there’s nothing new to say about it? Well, I’ve got a whole new take on it that will have your head spinning.

It turns out that The Matrix is an example of cinematic chiasmus. That is, its first half mirrors its second half so that the film’s events all line up beautifully, creating a symmetrical whole. It joins an exclusive club of other superb sci-fi…

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Book Review: A Killer’s Alibi by William L. Myers Jr.

Sounds like an excellent book to add to my “as soon as the raw draft is completed at the end of May” TBR mountain!


*I received a complimentary copy of this book, and I’m leaving a voluntary review*
This is a dark, gritty, legal/crime thriller. There’s murders, secrets, lies, cold cases—basically everything you’d want in a fantastic book. Let me tell you about it.

The plot is simple: A mafia boss is caught red-handed by the police, having murdered his rival and his daughter’s lover. The bloody knife is still in his hand. There’s no denying it, he’s going to jail. His lawyer, sees the case as quite simpleor it would have been, if our mafia boss would just talk to him. But there’s something he’s hiding, something he’s not revealing. And how can his lawyer defend him without all the details? The daughter is in shock, hospitalized, the victim is dead, and the main suspect isn’t talking.

At the same time, the lawyer’s wife is working on freeing a…

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Cardinal Query Sins: Wants Nothing, Does Nothing, Has Nothing

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A Sinful Query

Dear Agent Fullname,

Light Yagami wants nothing more than to get through each day of his senior school year without dying of boredom. When a mysterious notebook finds its way into his hands, Light is intrigued by its magical properties. The notebook—called the Deathnote—has the power to kill anyone whose name is written inside it.

Light soon discovers that the ‘owner’ of the Deathnote is Ryuk, a Japanese god of death with dark motivations of his own. Under Ryuk’s evil influence, Light is gradually seduced by the Deathnote’s potential and comes to believe he is capable to saving humanity–as long as he’s willing to use the Deathnote to kill those who deserve to die. He might even save the world from itself.

But as Light uses the Deathnote to kill more and more people in the name of justice, he risks losing sight of very principles which…

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