Last Week’s Discussion:
Plotter vs. Pantser
With Camp NaNoWriMo being this month I thought it appropriate to have a writing-based discussion and what better than the most common discussion ever: plotter or pantser. I am one and therefore biased. So, I wanted to see what some of the discussioners had to say on which they thought was better. Let’s take a look, shall we?
“This is a rough month for me, but I decided to give CampNaNo a try and I’m totally plotting it out. The One True Path don’t ya know! “
“I’m a plantser…or whatever the two of them are.
Nah, I’m really all about the pants over here. “
“For the first draft, I am a pantser. I’ve heard so many people saying this is the “wrong” way to do it, but it’s not like our first draft is our final work. Once the first draft is finished, I will make a cohesive plan based on what I did while I was pantsing and then go back and edit.”
“I think most writers need a combination of the two, though most lean one way or the other. I lean very much towards being a pantser. Maybe.”
B. L. Daniels said:
“I’m very much a plotter, but I give myself the freedom to divert from the plots (both complex for novels, and simplistic for short stories) while writing. If I’m in the first draft, I’ll just run with it and make sure I’m not creating any crazy plot holes. “
“I’m a pantser, without a doubt. Structure and organization makes me freeze and blocks my way. Give me a blank page and an idea, I’ll run with it and see where it takes me.”
It would seem there is quite a mixture of plotter vs pantsers in the writing community and I think that’s great. It also goes to show that neither is better than the other since both types of writers end up at the finish line. I think the take away from this is that we shouldn’t admonish others for their writing style. Rather, if we open our minds, we might learn something to help our own writing in the future.
Check out this week’s discussion on Thursday at 10am EST: