Reblog: Pantsers vs. Plotters

Once upon a time, the stories poured from my fingertips.

Back in the early days of my Quest for Publication, I was equipped with naught but a trusty Pilot pen, a five-subject Mead notebook, and a plethora of ideas. Eventually, I upgraded to a keyboard and computer.

After transcribing tome after tome of intertwining fantasy storylines from my neat (read: girly) handwriting to single-spaced Times New Roman, I typed up additional supplemental materials. I sketched out maps, chronicled centuries of history, invented religions, drafted character profiles, and crafted the very rules of the universe.

I was world building, damn it, and every fantasy author worth his sword needs to know his setting inside out.

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2 responses to “Reblog: Pantsers vs. Plotters

  1. I do it different ways on each project. Sometimes I’ll outline and plot only to change the whole thing before it’s done. Oftentimes I write a sketchy first draft and then start to fill in the details later, along with new scenes and plotlines I didn’t think of before. Maybe that first draft sort of IS the outline. 😉 Or I’ll write the story one way, then pick it up a few years later and rewrite the whole thing in a totally new way. Not sure what that makes me. 🙂

    My current novel started out with a plan, but that plan has changed several times in the course of writing.

    I have noted that, say, Douglas Adams was a pantser with his Hitchhiker’s books. And while there are many elements I love about Hitchhiker’s, in the books I tend to feel bogged down. “Long Dark Tea-Time,” on the other hand, he plotted first. I LOVE that book. 🙂

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