“It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes
“My life, my life as I said it is, its daily poetry, the substance of my being, is the only true consent I have ever given you, its secrets, its demands that I am concealing, this transformative joy, alone, is mine, is mine, is mine.”
— Chuck Akot, from Wounded Swan and Other Poems, MY LIFE, MY LIFE
“I hate this feeling. Like I’m here, but I’m not. Like someone cares. But they don’t. Like I belong somewhere else, anywhere but here, and escape lies just past that snowy window, cool and crisp…”
- Ellen Hopkins, Crank
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Ah, the Plantsers. The middle child of the Writing Family.
The best thing to do as a Plantser is to be as well rounded as you can be with how you structure your outline for your story and how many plot twists you improvise/work into it.
For your outline, you don’t have to be super specific or use a template. Use whatever format feels best and natural for you. (Just be sure to put enough details for you to get the gist of what you want for your story and its characters!)
As for the plot twists, be sure to not have too many. It’s okay for some parts of your story to be predictable. After all, if every part of your story had a plot twist, it’d be far too unpredictable and crazy for your readers to keep up with.
Keep up the good work, my fellow Plantsers!
i want to lie next to you underneath the stars and inch my hand closer to yours until our fingers intertwine
Something I wish I’d grasped in my 20s (at which time I was a much snarkier person online and off):
If you often blog and/or review books online and also are a published writer or hope to become one, it is IMPORTANT to be courteous in your posts and reviews. When you approach a publisher or agent or another author for assistance with your book, they’ll likely look you up. And if what they find is a lot of reviews where you’re using your snarkiest all-caps language and lots of eyeroll GIFs to shred other authors, guess what: they’ll probably decline to work with you.
You can definitely write unfavorable reviews. That’s fair! As an author, I don’t mind too much if I get a two-star review that says “This wasn’t for me. I found it too melodramatic/slow-paced/flippant/etc.” That’s courteous while reflecting the fact that some books aren’t a match for some readers.
But throwing all the shade at your disposal to burn some book you didn’t like, while it may amuse your friends and yourself in the short term, is likely to hinder you from getting what you want in the long term.
In fact, this is relevant advice even if you aren’t planning to be a published writer, because being pleasant to work with is basically going to advance you in every job on the planet. Whereas being someone obnoxious to work with…isn’t.
Ok so I have a theory like most of the books about adventure which I’ve read are about teenagers fighting against a corrupt government or whatnot and I think that all the writers who write this stuff are indirectly encouraging the target audience (teenagers mainly) to oppose the government
THEY ARE HELPING US destroy a government
Like all the battle plans and strategies which are in the books have probably come from their mind and like they must’ve thought of them while aiming at (maybe) something real….