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Writing Techniques – Pantser or Planner with #Fantasy Author @CasPeace1

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Welcome Cas Peace to the blog. I am in her corner, I pants. I shouldn’t because I need organization big time but here I am pantsing.. wait, do you not know what the term means?? OK here you go!

It started of during NaNoWriMo .. well it was PENNED during WriMo whose whole purpose was to get you to write without stopping. Many of the writers during this do organize an outline, which is within the rules. Those filthy authors are called planners. Pantsers worth without an outline and we are prone to dares and losses of time since we dive in and don’t come up for air. Some of us have a vague idea but if you could see some of my beginning novels on NaNoWriMo it would say, undecided. What I thought Iw ould start off as a dystopian ends up being a YA Adventure (Gargoyle Girls… snort). Many of us at least have a vague idea but… anyway.. DARE YOU! Camp NaNoWriMo is done and I won but summer camp is coming? Wanna play?? OHHH crap this is about Cas… so Cas.. to Pants or Not to Pants!

Writing by the Seat of Your Pants

When I began writing my Artesans series, I knew nothing about the craft of writing other than what I’d learned at school. And that only really ran to the rules of grammar and spelling. I don’t remember any teacher discussing how to plan an essay or a story – I smply remember being given topics or subjects and being told to get on with it. And I remember getting good grades, so my efforts can’t have been too bad.

Writing school assignments, however, is completely different to writing a novel, although I’m glad I didn’t know that when I started on the epic journey that would result in a nine novel, triple-trilogy fantasy series. As far as I was concerned, I was writing purely for the fun of it; writing what I wanted to read, and not necessarily what others would like. It was only once I’d completed the first part of the series (not that I knew it was one at that point) and decided I ought to let someone else read it that I began to realise what I’d done.

The feedback I got from that first courageous act of letting someone else read my work led me to believe I was creating something worthwhile, something special. At that point I discovered that my opus was far too long to be a commercial novel and that I would have to at least split it in half if I wanted to attract the interest of an agent or publisher. In the end, that first ‘novel’ became three – and the Artesans of Albia trilogy was born.

By then, ideas and plotlines for a continuation of the series were clamoring and pushing at my mind, demanding to be written. But I was still ignorant of the finer points of novel plotting and so I did what I do best – I simply wrote. The ideas poured forth onto the page and seemed to order themselves. The more I wrote, the more I found that the events I was describing had cunning yet strong connections to what had gone before, even though I had taken absolutely no time to plan it that way. They simply fell into place as if I had spent hours and days working out what should go where, and what the consequences would be. I had literally no idea what the consequences would be, or how my characters would get out of the problems they had fallen into – or even if they ever would. I was on an exciting rollercoaster journey alongside them, and merely kept writing to find out the answers.

Now that I’ve completed the entire nine novel series, I still have no idea how it all happened or where all those ideas came from. I’ve read so many articles in writing magazines about plotting your novel, about how to plan each chapter, and how to organise timelines so that events in your novel fit together and make sense. I did none of that and I seriously doubt, even now, that I could.

I’m one of those people who finds it easy to procrastinate. I believe that if I were to try to plan a novel, rather than simply write it, I would find the process detrimental to my creative flow. I would spend far too long trying to order events and make them fit, and in the end I would probably get tired of the story and it would never get written. In order to keep myself and my writing fresh, I have to just write. I love editing, and so I’d rather go back and edit my work once I’ve finished the tale than try too hard at the beginning to be perfect. I’m definitely a seat-of-the-pants kind of writer. It’s exciting, and I love it!

 Writing Techniques – Pantser or Planner with #Fantasy Author @CasPeace1The Challenge
Series: Circle of Conspiracy
by Cas Peace
Pages: 332
Published by Albia Publishing
on April 18, 2014
Genres: Fantasy
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Friend against friend, lover against lover, ally against ally.

Conflict is coming …

Nine months have passed since Brynne Sullyan helped forge an alliance between the realms of Albia and Andaryon. A fragile peace reigns as both sides recover from the events of the previous year. Then mysterious raiders strike Andaryon villages. Attempts are made on the life of Albia’s High King. As Sullyan scrambles to find those responsible, unseen enemies threaten to pull apart everything she has worked for, including her marriage.

To betray either one would break her heart, but if conflict is inevitable, she must make a choice …

The alliance begins to crumble, and Sullyan finds herself caught between two monarchs: the king she’s sworn allegiance to, and the man she loves as a father.

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 Review Quotes:

“Cas Peace has a most beguiling method of pulling you into this very well thought out world she has created. You simply fall in love with her characters, and then you cannot put the book down.” -P C Dodge, Amazon Reviewer.
“If you enjoy being whisked away to the realm of fantasy, I strongly suggest this unique, special read! Hands down, one of the best fantasy series I have ever read!” –Ashley L. Knight, author of FALWYN

“I have just loved this entire series. Cas Peace is a master storyteller, providing a depth and breadth of information about her worlds and their people that is just staggering. Her characters are complex and multi-dimensional, and I have very much enjoyed reading this series. I am also looking forward with great anticipation to her next novel in this series. I heartily recommend this series to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy, strong world-building and beautiful storytelling. Highly recommended!” -K. Sozaeva, Amazon Vine Voice and Top 1000 Reviewer.

About Cas Peace

Cas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years, 1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to return to Italy whenever she can.

Cas's other great loves are anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses, (she supports many animal charities) and also singing.

Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and offers them as free downloads from her website.

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5 Comments

  1. Many thanks for posting, Kriss! And well done for winning NaNoWriMo!
    xx
    Cas

  2. You rock so hard. Thank you for posting this. I luff you madly. xx

    A

  3. So excited that this new Cas Peace book is out!!! Off to add to my wishlist! Hopefully I’ll win a copy, but it’s good to have a backup plan..

  4. Thanks for an interesting post, Cas. My writing journey has been very similar to yours, and i’ve just launched my 8th book, a fantasy. I continue to write as a pantster. I tried planning and plotting – disaster! Writing this way is much more fun, even if it does mean a great deal of time spent editing afterwards.

    • I so agree, Stuart! I wish you every success with your writing career.
      xx

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