The argument begins like thisâ€¦
“When you write intricate plots, you always have to change things and rewrite and it’s hard to just write that story straight through.”
“Not for me,” says the irritating pantser who goes from start to finish.
You’ve probably guessed I’m not a pantser, but a planner. While I do allow creative things to take over, and do embrace that happy accident that solves a plotting problem, I am, at the heart of it all, a technical writer. I’m also whole-brain, and often my right brain and left brain are embroiled in hand-to-hand combat. While those two go at it, some other part of my brain is sucked into a macro world that encompasses all hemispheres, all other concerns.
In my brain, everything is connected. There’s a Baeli Wide Web in the scurrilous recesses of my mind, and it colors everything I do, and, admittedly, causes me to spend too much time on thought-tangents. But it also helps when I have to work on plotting for a novel. I will find connections that are important for the flow and freshness of the story. So, my writing is webby writing. (which is hard to say, and I almost said webby witing).
A few words about webby witing.
For most of my writing career, I’ve had a deskpad where I wrote down plot points and ideas, and then I’d
circle them and draw lines of connection between them until a pattern emerged. This is still a great way to do it. In recent years, I’ve used mind-mapping software to do it onscreen, since my ability to hold a pen and write legibly on paper has been compromised somehow. But the technique is the same.
I believe it works, because ultimately, everything is connected, and what those mind maps do is present the information as it is in our minds, and as it is in the world.