Word for February: Plot
Pantser? Plotter? What’s that?
A Pantser is a writer who writes organically, by the seat of her pants. Her fingers rest on the keyboard, and the words flow from her fingertips. It’s magical.
In contrast, there is the Plotter, someone who creates a detailed outline to work from. Every scene is planned to the nth detail. (I’ve been told the benefit to doing this is the writer actually works faster with less edits.)To me, however, the plotter sounds like an eighth grade English assignment, not magical or fun, but torture.
I’m a Pantser (big surprise). Mostly, I begin with an idea about a character or plot. I know how I want the book to begin and how I want it to end before I put a word on the page. (Kinda like head planning.) I might bank these broken sentences and thoughts in a word doc. Then as they come to me, ideas for scenes are scrambled in the middle. Sorta like this:
Wait a minute. Oh boy, scratch head, I’m confused. That sounds waayyy more organized than I thought. Am I a Plotter after all? Is the difference Pantsers never preplan and Plotters do? Can someone be both? Will I never sell if I’m not a Plotter?
Does it matter which? Isn’t what is more important is to put the writing on the paper, not how I plan to get on the paper?
I’m thinking this is an age-old argument, one I’m not going to solve. Because each of our paths are different, we will write in our own way with our own style. What’s important is we write the very best book we can write. That’s what will sell. What’s vital is the writing.
So regardless which you are--Pantser or Plotter--write! I can’t wait to read the next Best Seller.
Three romantic comedies from sassy writer girl, Vicki Batman.
"Just Desserts": a political dinner gone disastrous brings together a reluctant attendee and her seat-mate.
"Bug Stuff": An accountant unites with his co-worker to fight a pesky adversary.
"With This Ring": When a wife forgets her little black dress, all turns into something utterly romantic and unforgettable in the end.
Find Bug Stuff...and other stories at: http://amzn.to/1cuV6Ry
Find Vicki at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com
Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm--the list is endless.
Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to TRUE LOVE, TRUE ROMANCE, TRUE CONFESSIONS, NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING, LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, MUSEITUP PUBLISHING, and THE WILD ROSE PRESS. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"