Panster or Plotter

So are you a panster or a plotter? The verdict is still out, but I think we are all guilty of each to a small degree.

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If you have no idea what I am talking about join the club. Up until a couple days ago I had never heard of a panster and a plotter was someone rubbing their hands together in a mwa ha ha sort of way. But now I find out I am a little of each.

A panster is someone who writes their novels, short stories or whatever, by the seat of their pants. (get it pants- panster?) They put pen to paper, or more likely start typing, but never know where they are going with the plot until they get there.

On the flip side, a plotter is going to have the story laid out in an out line format of some sort. If you are a deviated plotter you probably have venn diagrams, splintered story diagrams, flow diagrams and character reference sheets.. (no, wait.. that’s me)

Plotter vs Panster. There is no versus. This isn’t really Spy vs Spy (thank you Mad Magazine.)

We all have some elements of each in us. Even the most free thinking panster has an idea of how the story is going to end, or at least a story arc of some sort.

And I know, as a plotter, my stories sometimes veer off and head into the sunset taking my careful diagrams with it, and I am forced to restructure. That’s okay.

It’s a beautiful world full of colors. This isn’t a black and white world. We can all get along and sometimes even co-author.

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Rambo November 24, 2015 at 2:47 pm

I used to be 100% non-plotter. Got an idea and went with it. Now I find myself to be an even mix. I potlted my current WIP, outlined it to death, and then while writing it, it kind of went off in a different direction. The plotting and outlining helped, but in the end, the story and characters just had their own ideas.Can’t wait to see more about this new WIP!


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