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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Friday Focus

Pantser or Plotter?

New creative writers may not recognise the question pantser or plotter but I’m sure they will have heard the phrase – by the seat of your pants. Some authors prefer to plot their stories, either working out every scene from start to finish, or as a brief description to give their muse a nudge when they sit down to write.

Others – myself included – prefer to write – by the seat of their pants – or get the idea for the story, but when the author starts writing they have no true idea how the story is going to pan out. I like the uncertainty of what will happen next and find the story guides me the way it wants to go. Friends who are plotters prefer to be in control of most aspects of their story.

 Ready to write? Don’t know what to write? It’s Halloween next week, how about a ghost, horror or vampire story? Or a romance that starts with trick or treat? The choice is yours.

So which way is right? Both. It depends on the individual. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. This is the same when it comes to work schedules. Some authors prefer to sit down at a certain time each day and work for a number of hours, while others prefer to write whenever the mood takes them. Again, it’s really up to the individual.

One of the most important things to do when you get ready to write is to find somewhere comfortable, preferably where you won’t be disturbed. Try and decide what you want to write several hours before the actual deed and always leave off when you know what’s going to happen next. This way you won’t sit staring at the computer screen for minutes or hours before you carry on writing.

Happy Writing.

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