Are you a Pantser, a Plotter, or somewhere in between?
If you’re a writer, you have probably heard these terms, but just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me define them by how I see them.
Pantser – a person who writes off-the-cuff, or by-the-seat-of-their-pants. No plans other than a basic idea.
Plotter – a pantser who writes out the book in the form of an outline – chapter by chapter, or scene by scene - instead of in story form. They then take said outline, which is close to the final length of the book and they add a few words here and there and then it’s done. (Of course, this is a bit exaggerated, but you get the idea.)
Somewhere in between – this group makes up the majority of the writing population. They are neither a full pantser or a full plotter.
Let’s imagine them on a number line. If one is the die-hard pantser and 100 is the gotta-outline plotter then I fall somewhere around a number three.
I tried with my latest WIP (work-in-progress) to plot a few chapters. My experiment failed miserably. When I sat to write, the words would not come. I had plotted myself into a corner and I didn’t know how to get out of it. I threw away the outline and just started the book, but unfortunately I think my attempts at plotting thwarted the story for me. I cannot hear my characters (yep, it sounds crazy, but they have to talk to me) anymore and have set it aside until they come back out to play.
When I wrote One Choice, I started with a premise – a prince who has reached the age of twenty-five and is not yet married, and according to the custom of his country — Balikaria (fictional) — he must find a wife through a centuries old tradition. That’s it. From there the story was written and morphed into what it is now.
So which are you – a pantser, a plotter, or somewhere in between? Where would you fall on the number line?
Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest five, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for three blogs.
Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest five, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for three blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, horses especially, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and loves to sing in the choir at church.
One Choice blurb:
Cahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.
Prince Josiah Vallis despises the centuries old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?
When Cahri and Josiah meet, sparks fly. Will it ignite a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned, never to be the same?
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