Slice of Life: A Glimpse of the Writing Life



Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post. Spring break was last week, so I got a quite a bit of writing done. I feel pretty good about my WIP that I finished awhile back. I decided to have another Beta Reader read it and while she read it, I thought of some changes that would make the story stronger. I’m happy to say I’m almost done with the changes and I’m feeling pretty good about them.

While I was driving my kids to the gymnastics place over break, I thought of another idea. I always seem to get them when I can’t write them down. Isn’t that the way it always is? I mulled it over while I watched my little Ninja fly along the gym floor. It’s a good one, but I’ll have to put it on my list. I’ve got three stories going and two new ideas. We’ll see if I can get them all done. Sigh. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed to say the least.

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But I love writing. It’s such an awesome feeling when the story comes together. I’m sure you know what I mean. 🙂 It’s such a stress reliever for me. However, I’ve noticed that my writing is taking up all my free time. I could sit in my pajamas all day and pound away at my keyboard, but that isn’t practical.

I work around my kids’ schedule and sometimes it’s hard to fit in any writing time. However, I try. I’ve set a goal for at least 1000 words a day. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but when you only have an hour to yourself, sometimes that’s all you can do. I figure in fifty days, I’ll have a fifty thousand word novel written. Of course, that’s just the rough draft. Once that’s done, that’s when the real work begins.

The editing takes me the longest because I’m a pantser and there’s a lot of editing when you’re a pantser. But I can’t seem to follow an outline. It takes the wind out of my sails. I like to start a story and let the characters take control. It’s fun to see what they’ll do or what situations they’ll get themselves in.

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How do you like to write? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post, it’s just a quick glimpse into a writer’s life. I hope you enjoyed it. To read some other Slice of Lifer’s Posts, click here.


About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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6 Responses to Slice of Life: A Glimpse of the Writing Life

  1. Adrienne says:

    I’m a pantser, too, although I teach my students to be planners. When they are my age, they can be pantsers if they want.

    • lisaorchard1 says:

      I know what you mean Adrienne when I do classroom visits and I tell the kids I’m a pantser the teachers grit there teeth and shake their heads! Now, I don’t tell the kids that! 🙂

  2. Bernadette says:

    Oh, I do hate it when those wonderful ideas come at the most inconvenient time.

    • lisaorchard1 says:

      I know. I always get frustrated when I can’t get it down right away! 🙂 Ahhh…the writer’s life! 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for this. I just discovered that I too am a panster! Since i figured out how to use my iphone to record text, I find it easier to pause in the middle of my crazy life and write down fragments, lines and bits of ideas as they come to me. Hurrah for technology.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Way to go, Cheriee! Yes technology is awesome when it works! There’s also dictation software available where you can dictate what you want to write. I know another author who swears by it. I haven’t tried it yet, but I might if I get tired of typing. Thanks for stopping by! We pantsers have to stick together. 🙂

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