Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a plotter. By this, I mean that I like to plot my stories before I write them. I love to map things out, chapter by chapter, and give myself clear direction.
Pantsers work differently. Pansters take ideas and run with them ‘by the seat of their pants’. They are not always sure where things will go, but they love the excitement of dreaming on the move.
Is there a correct way to do things? Is one better than the other? Definitely not!
In my previous blog, I mentioned the importance of planning story time frame. This is especially helpful if you’re somebody who finds it difficult to complete your stories before time runs out. But this doesn’t mean you still can’t write great stories with less of a structured plan. The trick is to find out what works best for you.
When I wrote the Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables series, I plotted out the main story skeleton (no, not a horror story!) but left room for ideas to grow naturally. In other words, I was a plotter to begin with, but did some pantsing as well. There is not one way to do things.
Let’s just pause and admire what a wonderful word ‘pantsing’ is…
What about you? Are you a plotter or a pantser?