Join us for week 19. Plotter or Panster and why? This is hard for me. I have tried both ways.
Plotting. When I first began writing I read all the books and got several on plotting. I set up character profiles setting sheets then went chapter by chapter with each topic or plot and subplot, the arcs, all of that good stuff. I spent months. Then I had to go in and write dialogue, then go in and layer and fill and smooth it all out. Way to much work for me and the story felt stale. So I decided to join NaNoWriMo one November and do a story in a month. I did a general character profile on my two main characters and took off. Some days I had no idea what I needed to do or say next, other I’d go off on a tangent. I got that story done in thirty days but what a hot mess. It was so repetitive had lots of loopholes and a rushed ending. I did this three years with the same outcome.
So Neither pantsing or plotting works for me. I’m sorta stuck in the middle. I do a detailed character sketch that grows with the story, setting sketches and keep these printed in a notebook where I can flip through for pertinent information. When I get the story Idea I also jot down my general idea, inspiration, facts I need to gather or research, then get all that together and printed for my notebook as well. If I have dialogue that comes to me as I occasionally do I jot it down and note where it may go.. but it can be easily moved. This gives me an idea of my story and keeps my facts straight, then I try to write the story more organically or as you say pants it. This seems to be working much better for me.
Do pants or plot?
Let’s go see what the other authors have to say…