Plotter or Pantser? #AuthorToolboxBlogHop


PLOTTER OR PANTSER? The question inevitably comes up whenever two writers meet. Opinions are strong on which is the best way to plot, and arguments against the other method sometimes leads to heated debates.

For those not familiar with the terminology, here is a brief description.

Plotters are writers who organize, plan, outline and have a full understanding of who their characters are and where the story is going before they sit down and write the first word.

Pantsers write “by the seat of their pants”. Generally, they start with a character or a situation and sit down, start writing and trust the story will come to them in the process.

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Writing While Traveling #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

Writing While Traveling

Have a Goal

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The first step to writing while traveling is to have a goal. Do you want to accomplish a certain word count? Outline a new novel? Finish a story? Whatever your goal, break it down into actionable, realistic steps. Be honest. You may need to adjust your goals based on your circumstances. Once you do meet a goal, reward yourself. Chocolate comes to mind.

A close second step to take is to organize the work you need to complete. Don’t be caught without a password to a site you’ll need to access. Have a means of backing up your work. Carry pen and paper to catch that brilliant idea or use an electronic note-taking app like Evernote. Over organize for what you’ll need on your trip.

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Research Tool: Project Gutenberg #ThrowbackThursday


Project Gutenberg


This post on Project Gutenberg originally appeared on August 22, 2016. I’m reposting it for this week’s #ThrowbackThursday.

Project Gutenberg is a remarkable research tool if you’re looking for historical facts.

Named after the inventor of the movable type printer, Project Gutenberg provides web access to over 50,000 books, with another 100,000 available through their partners.

Free books, people.

From Jane Austin to Mark Twain to Oscar Wilde. And the library doesn’t stop at the classics. Articles, essays, newspapers and small press books written by the everyday man (or woman) are also included.

A quick search yielded these volumes:

  • The Arts and Crafts of Ancient Egypt
  • Harpers Round Table, Feb 4, 1896
  • The Dispatch Carrier and Memoirs of Andersonville Prison
  • The Wonderful Wizard of OZ

I’ve used the site to research London prisons in the 1880’s and World War II nursing.

It’s a cornucopia of knowledge and a fascinating window into the normal life of our ancestors.

If you don’t have time to go to your local library, or want concrete results (instead of spinning on the web) from an on-line search, Project Gutenberg is a powerhouse research tool!

Happy researching!





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