Are You a Pantser?

There is much debate on which way to write a novel:  Outline/Plot vs. Pantsing.  Each side can provide plenty of evidence to support their chosen method of writing, showing why their way is best.  So far, I’ve never seen the conversation turn into an argument.  The discussion usually ends with one side giving the other a sideways, eye-narrowed, head-tipped look of pity for not seeing the error of their ways.  It’s actually quite funny.

I find this debate always surfaces shortly before NaNoWriMo starts.  The following link by Janalyn Voigt offers advice on her site for those who might consider and/or choose pantsing.  In my opinion, the points mentioned are only the beginning of pantsing.  Since it’s not a formal writing style, I can’t imagine too many rules actually exist.  (Admittedly, I’ll be looking for them.)  Guidelines, however, probably abound.

I believe I fall closer to the pantsing end of  the writing spectrum well short of insisting it is the only way to write.  I’m not against outlining, but like most things in my life, I never limit myself to one of anything.  I have outlined scenes for my novel, THE SECRETS OF DR. JOHN WELLES, usually to clean up during the editing process  and when research needed to be conducted.

So, whether you outline/plot or pants it, I hope you enjoy Mrs. Voigt’s suggestions.

Pantsing:  Writing By the Seat of Your Pants

***I revisited this post to ensure the links still work, and while they do, you may be required to choose the option of opening them in a separate window.  But, please be assured they are still present and working!

2 responses

  1. Admittedly (too) one can only own up to not intentionally pantsing if one fears the highest power of those who are outline dependent. The reality of non-intentional pantsing is that it happens when pusheth comes to shoveth and one admits (subliminally to oneself) to not having a planneth. At that time one soars to highest heavens by the seat of one’s pantlets. Dost thou disagreeth my Pet?


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