The Life and Times of Poopwa Foley

To Pants or To Plot, That is the Question. Or is it?

Posted on: September 9, 2014


by Jennifer Ray

Writers tend to view themselves as plotters or pantsers. This individual view has been known to cause heated arguments among writing groups. Trust me, no writing group is safe from this passionate debate.

A plotter is characterized as needing a plan when they write. They use diagrams, outlines, whiteboards, sticky notes, character charts, and more. Plotters need to understand where their story is starting and ending, along with everything in between before they start writing. They need order. Not knowing the entirety of their story ahead of time can create quite the penchant for angst for the plotter. Let’s leave the angst in the storylines, please.

A pantser is characterized as someone who sits at their computer and writes by the seat of their pants. They may have a title or an overarching idea for a book based on one or two elements of their potential story…

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