A pantser writes by the seat-of-their-pants; no planning ahead of time, no plotting, no outlines or scene cards.
A plotter is a more measured writer. You plan out your story with a chapter outline, then you plan the scenes within the chapters by using index cards, sticky notes and yellow markers.
I am both!
For short stories, I am a pantser, however, my first novel With Clear Intent evolved from the three chapters I woke up and wrote in the middle of the night and continued to the end without a road map.
I tried the pantser approach with my current wip as well as my second novel set to be released next year but, these are bigger stories, more complex so I put on my plotter’s hat.
There is no right or wrong way and the label is a non-issue; how your words find their way from brain to page is up to you.
November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and it is a great way to get your words down in pantser fashion. There is no time to plot and plan, just write. I did this for several years and finished the 30-day challenge. Try it; you’ll have your first draft of a complete 50,000 word manuscript when you’re done.
I am off to a baby shower tomorrow to celebrate our soon-to-arrive new addition to the family.
Have a fabulous weekend!