Flying By the Seat of Your Pants:
When I first started work on my fiction writing around the beginning of 2012, I basically took a ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ approach to my writing. For several months ideas for stories and scenes were coming to me quite easily. I was finding my writing times to be a very enjoyable time of my day. I was working alternately on one novella and one novel. When the ‘well started to run dry’ or I faced a ‘mental log jam’ on one writing project, I would switch over to the other writing project that I was working on. For a period of time I found this to be an effective method for working on my two writing projects.
I was able to complete a first draft of my novella, Lake Mariposa, by employing this technique.
When it came to my novel in progress, The Cover Up I found that I would need to change my strategy. I found that the ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ method was resulting in a ‘freeze up’ of ideas. Having trouble coming up with new ideas and then not knowing how to use them when they did come, was starting to frustrate me.
I found that I had to change my approach. I stopped working on individual scenes for awhile and starting to study some books on writing fiction such as “Writing Fiction for Dummies’, ‘The Successful Novelist’ by David Morrell,