(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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