Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ask Andrew - Plotter or Pantser - Andrew Grey

Dear Andrew

Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you know how a book will end when you begin writing it or do you make it up as you go along?


Dear Dawn

Okay, I think I need to explain what we're talking about first.  Writers tend to fall into two categories.  Plotters and pantsers.  A plotter outlines the story in some detail, knowing at least the basic outline of the story and the twists and turns that the story is going to take.  A pantser begins with an idea and begins writing the story letting it unfold as it progresses.

I am most definitely a pantser for the most part.  I generally start with two characters and a situation, and write the story from there.  I don't usually have an outline or even a roadmap to the story.  Sometimes I have a clear view of the ending and at other times I don't.  It depends on the story. 

There are stories where I act a little more like a plotter.  When I'm writing a suspense story, as Dirk, I tend to outline more because of the mystery and suspense elements that require more planning.  A good example is the upcoming Playing with Fire.  The plot is complex so I spent more time planning it out.  But for the most part I fly by the seat of my pants.

Hugs and love

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