Pantser or Plotter…which one are you?

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!


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