I’m Lindi Peterson. Thanks for having me on the FF&P blog. Missy Tippens and I are hosting a workshop in June through FF&P titled The Cinder-Bella Theory. We track Cinderella and Bella’s journeys. Heroines created over 300 years apart, yet their stories are similar in so many ways.
What’s a little different about this is that Missy is a plotter and I’m a panster. We attack our manuscripts totally differently from the start, but we both end up in the same place. We take different routes and it’s still all good. Because even if you don’t plot before you start writing, when you finish you can go back and look at all the plot points you’ve weaved in.
Now I’ve tried plotting. I once wrote a 20 page outline-chapter by chapter. I felt like I had written the book. I put that outline away and haven’t looked at it since. For me, the thrill was gone. My signature line is ‘happy endings are just the beginning’ so I know I’m going to have a happy ending. I just don’t know how I’m going to get there.
I hear people talking about a new term---plantster—part plotter, part panster. I can’t even say I’m one of them. I am truly a panster. Give me that opening sentence and I’m off.
So, what about you? Do you like plotting and charts and character sketches? Or are you an I-have-an- idea-and-I’m-going-to-start-my-novel type?
Happy Endings Are Just The Beginning
Cinder-Bella Theory, presented by Missy Tippens and Lindi Peterson, runs from June 6, 2011 through June 20, 2011
Lindi Peterson definitely believes happy endings are just the beginning. She lives out her real life romance with her husband in a small Georgia town. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, bowl and spend time with her family.
Allison Doll’s mother is rebelliously turning fifty, her two best friends have started dating and a gorgeous injured relief pitcher has joined her Sunday school class rocking her world into confusion, heartache and temptation, places she hasn’t visited in a long time, much less all at once.
But with the help of family, old friends she really hasn’t lost, a new friend she really can count on, and God, she finds herself no longer a girl waiting for life to happen, but a girl who’s ready to commit to her best catch!