I’m a pantser, and very proud of it too!

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, here is the Urban Dictionary definition:

Pantser : A NaNoWriMo term that means that you ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ when you are writing your novel. You have nothing but the absolute basics planned out for your novel.

The alternative to this is the plotter. The definition:

A person who plots.
A person who plots on a regular basis.
A person who has indeed plotted before.
A person who is currently plotting.

I do not plot. When I write, I do not need to know what’s going to happen next, I do not need to develop characters or arcs or twists. In fact, it is completely detrimental to my writing to know any of these things in advance.

Which is why I am still working on my new book. I started it with a very rigid plot and structure, and it has been a case of just filling in the blanks. I understand that many writers work in this way, but I personally find it irritating, boring and incredibly difficult.

Once this book is finished, I vow to never work with a plot ever again. I will forevermore fly by the seat of my pants.

Rant over.

If you are planning on writing a novel this year, sign up to Nanowrimo.org, and get yourself a copy of the awesome ‘No Plot? No Problem!’. Just don’t read it in public, you will get funny looks.

No plot


2 comments on “I’m a pantser, and very proud of it too!

  1. Good for you! We should all be proud of our writing styles. My take on plot, and I’ve blogged about this many times, is that it shouldn’t be rigid. I think that’s where some plotters go wrong and end up making their stories sound mechanical. They should only be used as the framework for a story.

    I do agree that there are different types of writers who receive the story differently. I recently heard a great interview with Stephen King, a pantser, where he mentioned that his author friend sees the last page of a book first and that it blows his mind. Same thing happens to me, and that’s what excites me to write. I want to see how I’ll get to the finish. There are infinite paths to follow but only one will stand out for me. I also write out of order, depending on how a scene comes to me.

    I think when you find your writing groove, that’s when you feel the rush of putting a story together, and you definitely seem to have found yours!


    • Thank you for your comment Eleni 🙂 The only reason I have such a rigid plot for this latest book is because the story and characters are already set by a book that I’ve already published. For some unknown reason I though it would be a good idea to tell the other side of the story.
      Ha! Won’t make that mistake again!
      Normally I start with a vague idea, scene, or concept, and see where it goes from there. It’s far more entertaining that way 🙂


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