Seat of pants, gift of gab

9 thoughts on “Seat of pants, gift of gab”

  1. Always inspiring, Ali!

    Seat of pants or meticulous plotter, I don’t think it matters as long as the characters come alive. Then they seem to decide things for you, which is a great relief to me as often I haven’t a clue where they’re going. And yes, sometimes what they don’t say – ‘haud their wheesht’ as you so eloquently put it (wheesht is my most oft-used Scottish word in my Anglicised household) – is what makes characterisation, and ultimately, the story, leap out from the page.

    Thanks for this! I don’t hear ‘wheesht’ so often, now the kids have left home.;)

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  2. Hi Diana
    I’m having to rediscover some almost forgotten vocab myself, not so much different words as how they were used. ‘Wearied’ and ‘wearying’ was used a lot by my Granny for sadness as well as tiredness. Was also fascinated as a child by ‘the morn’s morn’ for tomorrow morning! Need a trip up north to get back in the vibe!
    Thanks for calling in.
    AliB

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  3. For me it’s not either or, it’s both. I like the trope of writing is going on a journey; it’s helpful to have a map but don’t spend your time looking at it. Take time to admire the view.
    Anyway, it’s all going to be changed because ‘writing is rewriting.’

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  4. Hi Paul
    Completely identify with the ‘writing is rewriting’ idea. IMO you can’t get it right until you’ve got something (however wrong) to work with.
    Cheers
    AliB

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  5. It’s wonderful to hear someone else grappling with a novel in that way. I am a total grappler. Maybe that’s a category in itself?

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  6. Plotter or seat-of-pantser, a writer should do what is best for the story. I’ve found with every new story I have to write it differently- probably because I’m a new person when I begin a new story.

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