I read an article recently from the website “How to Write A Book Now” (http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/) that spoke about how novel writers fall into two basic writing camps; Plotters and Pantsters. Plotters as you can imagine are writers who like to plan their novels from beginning to end before they start writing. Pantsters on the other hand, simply just sit down and start writing and figure out everything as they go along.
I confess, when I first started, I was a pantster; thinking all one had to do was just sit and write. However after many starts and subsequent quitting, I realized that if I but a little thought before I started writing, the writing process became much smoother. I still will set and just write as I go along, but when I get side tracked, I pull out my notes I prepared a head of time to get me back on course.
This little planning I believe will help me when I go back to edit. The thing I seem to get stuck on is this; as I write I keep thinking of what may be more interesting or what else I can put into the story or if I write it a certain way it may be a better story; in the end I end up with a jumbled mess of a story with no sense of direction or a story that doesn’t make a lick of sense.
So, are you a Plotter or a Pantster?
Until next time.