Pantsers versus plotters, everyone knows people that fall into both categories.
I know I’ve talked about this before in the past, I’ve even explained that I used to be a pantser, never really understanding the difference. I never liked plotting because all through school teachers became so focused on the way that they wanted you to plot and it was nothing I enjoyed. I got nothing out of it because the way I write is so fluid and I don’t always write in order. So the rigidity of the way they made me plot hindered my imagination, it didn’t let it bloom and come forth.
So a few years ago, I tried plotting. It didn’t go so well, but it got done, it was almost like pulling teeth trying to get the outline/plot down for Goddess Born. I had so many issues trying to get from point A to point B and it wasn’t because I didn’t know where to go, it was because I was trying to fall back on the rigidity of the plotting days of school.
But I got it done, and with getting it done, I finally finished my full length novel.
That was a couple years ago. Then I started being a bad girl again, started writing a story without a plot and – shocker – I ran into roadblocks about four or five chapters in. This just confirmed for me, as a writer, I couldn’t be a pantser. I needed something to help me lead me through getting from start to finish in a timely matter.
But I needed to figure out the best way for me to plot. I couldn’t spend months pulling teeth to try and get a plot put together, because that wasn’t very productive. I needed to figure out a process to make my plotting and planning process more efficient so that my writing could become efficient and I could get more progress done.
So, I’ve been trying to make that process better. As my For Me post said, I really haven’t gotten anything done writing wise in the last 18 months. Life has made that difficult, my self-doubt has made it difficult to get anything done.
About two months ago, I sat down to try and figure out that process, because I wanted to get back to writing. And I think I figured out the perfect process for me.
I talked about a workshop from last year’s conference that helped spark this process. Basically here is the process I am going through to get an outline down on paper:
• First – I come with a brief “book blurb” type description of the story. Something to describe the main idea of the story.
• Then – I follow the “Five Major Scenes” workshop and determine what the five major scenes of that story are going to be.
• Finally – With those five points I have a basic map of where I need to go for the projects.
This seems to be the best process. The best evidence of this: I finished writing eighteen outlines within 2 weeks.
So I have a bunch of stories – obviously – in my head that I want to get started on.
I have a few things I need to do before I do – some basic world building and some research.
I am finally to a point where I finally feel like writing again, hopefully this will get me in a place where I can do that.