A what? you ask.

A pantser.

Lots of writers are.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of.  If it works for you then that is great!  Some people can sit down with only an idea and pound out 5000 words in no time.

On the other side of the scale is the Plotters.  They outline the details of their story.  Some in a little detail, some in great detail. Some outline the characters, too, going far back into their history.

I used to think I was a pantser.  And the funny thing is I always wondered why I couldn’t finish anything.

Then, I decided to try plotting.  It was weird.  I actually had to do some research on how to do it.  I had read about it before but I’d never tried it.

Once I started plotting though, I was hooked.  I found that I actually enjoy the thought process of plotting.  I liked figuring out what goes where and thinking of all those little details that would make my book come together.  Yes, it took time, but it got me ready to actually write stuff.

And then, when I did start writing, the writing went so much faster because I knew what was supposed to come next.  If I got stuck I’d just go back to my notes and then I’d know what was next.

If you’re a pantser – or you think you are – try plotting.  See how that works for you.  It can often get the juices flowing again.

If you’re a plotter and you’re stuck, try pantsing.  You don’t have to stick with it if you don’t like it. You don’t have to actually keep what you put on the page.  But sometimes pantsing is good for getting those creative juices flowing.

Writing is writing and whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, getting the words flowing is the most important thing.

Don’t be afraid to jump back and forth between pansting and plotting.  It’s not a marriage!

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