(Craft) Pantster? Plotter? Or Plotpantster? Or Maybe Even Pantsplotter?

It takes all kinds of novelists to make the novel-writing world. While some of my best writer friends are straight pantsters and some are straight plotters, I fall somewhere in between.  I like the security of structure; i.e., knowing where I’m going.  At the same time, I love the surprise of discovering serendipities along the way.

So what’s a novelist to do?

Simple. Combine the panster and the plotter. I did so and came up with the “plantster”.  Or, if you prefer, the plotster.  Or, Il’l go you one even better: how about the plotpanster or the pantsplotter? (I rather like this latter, although it sounds like a term a tailor would use, LOL..)

All fun aside, combining the intentional structure of the plotter with the whimsy of the pantster gives me the best of both worlds. And what novelist can ask for more than that?

Now, it’s your turn. What kind of novelist are you?
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4 thoughts on “(Craft) Pantster? Plotter? Or Plotpantster? Or Maybe Even Pantsplotter?

  1. MaryAnn; this is simply wonderful and written from a real ‘pro,’ too. Interestingly enough, although I feel secure within ‘self-control,’ when it comes to writing, I am completely creative and simply begin writing. Characters unfold, appear and dialogue suddenly arises naturally and not stilted. I do, however, exert complete control during the revisions and rewriting.

    • You are blessed, Skye, to be able to “pour out” your story on the initial writing. You have learned to tap into your right brain with ease. Then, when you are finished pouring out, you switch to your left brain to revise. Wonderful! 🙂

      Blessings,

      MaryAnn

  2. Read the term “plantser” somewhere in the NaNoWriMo stuff and have adopted it. I do all this thinking ahead of time, then when it comes time to write the characters might toss it out! What happens organically is even more interesting than what I came up with in the first place.