Annalisa Parent, teaching extraordinaire and editor of Chair & Pen: Musings on Writing and the Writing Life, has come out with a new book called, Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Write and Revise Your Novel Without an Outline.
If you’re someone who tends to write on “the fly,” but always seems to have a problem either finishing or figuring out where the story’s going, this book is for you.
Annalisa, a Pantser herself, understands how other fellow Pantsers tend to lose their way when they write a book because of the unorganized fashion of their creativity. This book aims to help them–you— find your way through the “muddle” quicker.
By finding the patterns (or theme) in the story, and then build upon them.
This book is not your typical how-to-write book. The instructions and examples are not in your usual cut-and-dry and formal format. This is nothing like an ordinary book about writing. Did I say that Annalisa is a teaching extraordinaire? Well, she proves it in this gem. Her presentations throughout the book are personable, easy to grasp, and her witty sense of humor and uncanny culture references make for a truly enjoyable learning experience.
Annalisa believes in taking the whole writer in account and not just about providing knowledge. For the first part of the book, she turns her attention solely to the writer.
Knowing and accepting yourself for who you are as a writer is half the battle in your journey to becoming a published author. She talks about brains, and how Pantsers are who they are because of the way their brains are wired. She talks about how we tend to limit ourselves by giving in to our fears, and how the wrong kinds of feedback could damage our future as writers indefinitely. Annalisa shows us how to turn all of this around. How to manage the fears and find the right kind of feedback needed to move our writing forward instead of backward.
Annalisa firmly believes that having the right mindset coupled with positive support could mean the difference between having a publishable or an unpublishable book.
The focus of the second half of the book is on the writing craft as she breaks down various parts such as character development, plot structure, conflict, setting, pacing…all geared for Pantsers. She provides tips and exercises on how to take what you have and improve upon them rather than change everything. Annalisa is a firm believer in NOT interrupting the creative flow as you create your story; but to take what you have created later on and make them better, interweaving them together so they become connected as part of one seamless story.
Annalisa truly understands you as the writer, and takes a holistic approach to helping you reach your goal-having a complete and publishable book. This book is unique and a joy to read. You learn more about yourself as a writer, gain the confidence needed to move forward while enjoying the journey.