Welcome to your first Throwdown Thursday. Things are getting themed around here, so check out the schedule page to see what’s coming up. Tomorrow won’t be fiction, that’s the following Friday.
Plotter or Pantser?
One of my least favorite questions to get is to do plot your stories or fly by the seat of your pants. I never know quite how to answer. I’m not an outliner, but I’m not sure anyone can go 100% by the seat of their pants for longer works (say more than one to two thousand words).
Many call themselves plantsers to indicate they do a little of both. I figure this is the case for most of us. Our way of planning (or not) depends on the type and length of our current WIP (work in progress).
Those who regularly outline are likely to find themselves in a spot where they have inspiration or something isn’t working right. In this case, they probably fly by the seat of their pants a bit. For those who like to fly, I can say for myself, I find times where I’m planning some. At least the start and finish! You can’t get where you’re going if you don’t know where it is at least in a general sense.
What is your primary style of writing—planning or pantsing? Do you think we do a bit of both depending on the circumstances? Tell me in the comments.