Oh, the pressure!

As of this writing of this post, I’m about halfway through A Shift in the Air. I was meant to be further along. I gave myself a deadline of April 6th to get the book written and into editing. That was aggressive when I made it, but I like the pressure. I was always one of those students who wrote their papers at the last minute, at 2 a.m.

But this…this book has been hard. I suppose it’s because I also have a detailed outline. I’ve always been more of a pantser. If you haven’t heard that term, it’s slang for one who writes by the seat of their pants. But with the aggressive deadline, I thought I would be doing myself a disservice by not getting everything outlined ahead of time.

I’m not sure what it was about the outline that got me into the weeds, but I’m sure that’s what did it. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m sticking to my outline. There have been small changes here and there, but overall, at halfway in, I’ve done well. And I’m glad I outlined, if for no other reason than it helped me see where my problems were before I started. In this case, I made huge, sweeping changes to the outline after my first pass on it. It’s much better now than when I started.

Change is hard. And making this outline was change. Now that I’ve gotten this far, I’m pretty sure that my next book (which is already outlined) will go smoothly.

But for the next 45,000 words…I may be back in those weeds more often than not. From now until April 6th, I’ll be writing like the wind. Or perhaps, as I typed a moment ago, I’ll be writing like the wine.

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