Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Lesson to Writing #3 Planning is Important

Although I may not feel it, I’ve been writing for six years now, and over that time, I’ve picked up bits of knowledge. In the following Wednesdays, I’ll be sharing those bits of knowledge in my series: Six Lessons to Writing. Today, I’m continuing the series with Lesson #3: Planning is Important:


My second novel: Awesome plot. Mysterious subplots. Love interest with a history. Unique antagonist. It’s got potential.

I loved working on my second novel, but ultimately, there was so much wrong with it, I had to put it away. There were massive plot holes, continuity was wrong, characters didn’t belong.


Because I didn’t do the planning.

When I started that novel back in 2009 (wow, was it really that long ago?) I was so eager to start writing I didn’t do all the background research on Atlantis. I didn’t check to make sure there were no plot holes or weak links. I didn’t make sure I had all my facts present.

There was so much that I didn’t do, and I paid for it in the long run. I paid for it dearly. Even during the rough draft, I was backtracking and ripping out chapters, altering the story outline, changing the role of characters. When it came time to edit, I saw all these problems and within a few months realised I’d made a huge mess.

I didn’t do the planning.

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantster is irrelevant. We all need to do some form of planning before we can start writing. Obviously, plotters would have a lot more planning to do, put pantsters still need to plan – they can’t just sit down and start writing.

So, what are your thoughts?


  1. I was going to fuss at you until I saw the last paragraph. :P

    I usually think of different events that I want to happen in the book. Then while I'm writing, I decide which events go where, and write them so that they fit in with the other events before them.