As a new writer, I had no clue that there were different ways to write a story. I just thought about my story while I drove, did laundry, dishes, and on the motorcycle. I dreamed about different plots that I could take my story and my characters.
When I sat down to write usually the written story hadn’t end up like any of my ideas. However, usually I liked the way it, so I kept it. Then someone told me the name for the way I write. Yes, there is a name for it. I’m a “By-the-Seat-of-your-Pants” writer “Pantser”, through and through.
* Our index cards or outlines don’t control us.
* It’s exciting when your characters head off on a different path than you had anticipated.
* It allows our characters to have the freedom to live and breathe, to have a mind of their own and I think they become more believable for our readers.
* We don’t have to change our index cards or outlines when we want to make a change.
* We can be spontaneous in our writing.
Three things to remember:
1. It’s best to know how you want the book to end, before you begin writing it (just my opinion)
2. Not everyone is the same – several people in my writers’ group are “Plotters” and KNOW their way is the best! (best for them!)
3. Just as I KNOW my way is the best! (best for me!)
4. With the freedom we have as Pantsers, we still have to include the three acts, character arc, a strong middle, an exciting end, great dialogue, etc.
Let us know what type of writer you are in Comments below.