Beginning a New Story or Book

This is my first official Blog Post for the year 2021. I apologize to those of you who follow my Blog for writing tips and information. I’m getting off to a slow start – political events sidelined a lot of my work.

BUT here I am – ready and willing to present you with a brand-new post.

Today, we are going to return to the subject of ‘Elements of a Great Book.’ Previously, we addressed characters, and plot. Today, I’d like to address another important aspect of writing your book – PLANNING.

While there is a distinction of those of us who are PLANNERS, and those who are PANTSERS – meaning, they fly by the seat of their pants while writing, I think to a certain degree, we all plan to some extent.

I know that if I have an idea that isn’t quite fully formed, I may write a ‘scene’ from my book that I can envision. I may not know exactly where it will fit in, but it defines some of the important points about my characters and the plot of the story. After all, plot can be boiled down to the salient point of WHAT happens to the characters as they progress through the prose of your book.

PLEASE leave in the comments of this post:

HOW do you plan when starting a book or short story?

WHAT do you already know will take place?

WHO are your characters when you begin to write? Are they fully formed in your head? OR do they come together with the development of your storyline?

I’ve decided that during 2021, I will only be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays. Those of you who have signed up, will continue to receive emails notifying you of all posts, and I will continue to post on FB, Twitter, and LinkedIn whenever I Blog.

Thank you for your support during 2020, and I hope the numbers will only increase as we enter and work through 2021.

Until next week,

~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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