The long hard slog

I’m usually an inspiration and a pantser writer. I can’t be any other way; over the years I’ve learned that if I force myself to write, it simply doesn’t work. Because I am a pantser, if I can’t let the characters flow and the story evolve, I can’t write a story. If I force it, I stall or stop or grow to hate it. I can’t sit down and churn out words every day – mostly because I don’t know what I want to happen. I don’t have a plan.

I also jump around in my stories a lot. I can write the beginning, have a vague idea of the end, write a scene for that and then write half the middle. I flip and jump and somehow make it all fit…

Unfortunately for me, I’m now facing a major problem thanks to a combination of those two writing traits. I left the middle section of Empty Skies unfinished over a year ago – I’ve written the beginning, written the end, but three/four chapters in the middle…I knew roughly what I wanted to happen but couldn’t get the characters working. I kept trying to go back to it, and it never quite worked, and so I left it. For a year.

*swears at self*

Thanks to Sam, I now have more of an idea of the plot for those middle chapters, and I’m a little happier with what needs to take place. But that still leaves the issue with actually writing the damn thing, and I HATE writing to plot. It really is a slog-through-it thing that I’ve been putting off. But…

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.