Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Plotter or Pantser? Which are you?

Which one is better? Is there a better? Can one claim moral superiority over the other? The Plotters claim the Pantsers are too disorganized. The Pantsers scream back that they are more"artistic"and "creative" for that very reason.

I don't think it matters so long as you finish your WIP. Boy, but this debate continues to pop up on writing message boards a lot. I would never look down on a "pantser" just because I'm a "plotter." People use different tools when they're writing. So why knock each other down over something so silly? 

With that said, which are you? I'm curious to know...


Theresa said...

Ha, this is an interesting question. I think I'm a bit of both. I tend to write with no formal plot, but I can spend days plotting in my mind, which then gets me from A to B to C in my next few chapters.

Admittedly, I don't have my second, or third book plotted. I know what I want the final out, but i have no idea how i'll get there. One of the biggest twists in my book, and the one I told most dear, was written on a whim. When i pressed 'enter' on the last paragraph, my eyes were wide and I sat staring at my computer screen, a bit shocked at what just came out of me! But that's the fun in not plotting! Your story takes twists and turns that you didn't think possible. Stephen King was what they sometimes call a "seat-of-the-pants" writer, and look at his stories! It all depends on what works for you, and what makes your book most interesting to the reader! :D

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