Plotter or Pantser?

plotter or pantser

The writing world is broken down into plotters and pantsers. Plotters like to outline and figure out what will happen before they start to write. Pantsers fly by the seat of their pants to discover where the story wants to go.

I am very firmly a plotter. I grew up in a scientific family, studied a lot of mathematics and worked with computers. Like it or not, I had to learn how to plan.

However, plotters and pantsers aren’t that different.

Most plotters object to outlining because it stifles their creativity. It’s boring drudgery. But it’s my favorite part. That’s when you get to imagine the whole story and see all the different places it can go. Plotting is actually just “miniature pantsing”. Once you’ve pantsed enough, it’s time to pull out the permanent marker and start writing for real.

About Author Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson is the author of The Dax and Zippa Series, Monsters Midnight Feast, Wizards In The West, Butterflies Don't Chew Bubblegum and The Whens. View his Profile.

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