A subtle theme, more a motif, runs through my conversations with authors. When they talk about their writing, there’s one thing they don’t mention:
When it will be done.
There’s a reason this site is named Someday Box. A reason I chose Getting Your Book Out of the Someday Box as the title for that book.
“Someday” is not a goal. Someday is a dream, a vague notion. Sir Ken Robinson tells the story of chatting with a brilliant pianist whose name I can’t remember. Robinson said “I wish I could play like that.”
The pianist said something like, “No, you like the idea of playing like that. If you really wished you could, you’d be doing something about it.”
Do you want to be a writer or do you just like the idea?
… more … “What is Your Writing Goal for Today, for This Project, for Your Life?”
Pantsers seem to take umbrage, sometimes extreme, to my statement that planning is vital to writing.
Let’s get what I hope is an unbiased definition of “plan” from Merriam Webster:
plan verb: to think about and arrange the parts or details of (something) before it happens or is made
Let’s consider writing without planning:
… more … “All Writers Plan”