This week I thought I’d delve into the often asked question of pantser or plotter? For those who aren’t familiar with the phrase pantser, it literally means a writer that writes by the seat of their pants or in other words doesn’t plot or plan their novel and simply discovers the story as they go. There are quite a few famous pantsers like Stephen King as well as those big name writers that plan everything out meticulously. Either way, you have to find what works for you. In order to help with that, I’ve researched and come up with some great links to help make that decision easier.
- https://thewritepractice.com/plotters-pantsers/#:~:text=Simply%20put%2C%20a%20plotter%20is,in%20a%20little%20of%20both. – The Pros and Cons of Plotters and Pantsers: This first article looks at the pros and cons of both of these methods of writing to give you an idea of whether one or the other will work best for you. It begins with an explanation of what a plotter is followed by the pros and cons. Then there is an explanation of what a pantser is and the pros and cons. It’s a short read but a good insight into the topic.
- https://blog.reedsy.com/plotters-pantsers/ – Two Types of Writers: Plotters and Pantsers: This article looks at the difference between plotters and pantsers. It gives an overview of what each is and then details the writing process and the downsides. There’s also a section on how to go from pantser to plotter if this is something you want to do.
- https://www.masterclass.com/articles/plotters-vs-pantsers-what-kind-of-writer-are-you#quiz-0 – Plotters vs Pantsers: What Kind of Writer Are You?: This is a Masterclass article that looks at what a plotter is and how to approach your writing process as a plotter. It then looks at what a pantser is and how to approach your writing process as a pantser. It’s a great in depth overview of each process and should help you decide what one you’d like to try. Of course you can do both as well.
- https://www.tckpublishing.com/writing-quiz-plotter-or-pantser/ Writing Quiz Plotter or Pantser: This article also features a 20 questions quiz that you can take to tell you whether you are better suited to being a plotter or a pantser. You’ll find questions on whether or not you know your character’s backstory before you begin writing, whether your characters surprise you when you’re writing, and even whether or not you alphabetise your book collection. It’s fun and can give you a good insight into the writing process that will work best for you.
- https://jamigold.com/2019/05/pantser-vs-plotter-vs-something-in-between/ – Pantser vs Plotter vs Something in Between: This is a great article from Jami Gold that explains that everyone’s writing process is unique and the process that we will use for successfully completing a novel might be a combination of both plotting and pantsing. She also explains that your process can change with every book you write. It’s a great read to give you a better perspective.
- https://www.janefriedman.com/panster-or-plotter/ – Pantser or Plotter? Deciding Which Can Save Your Writing Life: I’m a big fan of Jane Friedman’s blog and this guest article is great for anyone struggling with whether to plot or pants their way through their story. Once thing that struck me was the advice on not to trap yourself by giving yourself a label. You have to write the book the way it works for you.
- https://selfpublishingadvice.org/writing-are-you-a-plotter-or-a-pantser-and-whats-the-difference/ – Writing: Are you a Plotter or a Pantser, and What’s the Difference?: This blog post from the Alliance of Independent Authors is a short read but gives a great overview of plotting and pantsing with some examples thrown in. It also includes the reassurance that neither is right or wrong and it is down to the individual author to decide which process suits them best.
I hope you enjoyed the links today and have a better understanding of what it means to be a plotter or a pantser. Whichever method you choose, remember the goal is to write the book so whichever one gets you there will be right. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
(c) Amanda J Evans