What kind are you?

8 thoughts on “What kind are you?”

  1. I covered my methods on my own blog recently, so I won’t elaborate, but I lean toward the pantser side.

    I like the way you discuss it; I always seem to gain clarity from your outlay of the methodology. 🙂

    Now I’ve run into something else. You know, we always talk about pantsing/plotting in terms of the first draft. But what about editing? Do you make a list of the points you want to hit–ly words, plot pinch points, etc?–or do you just go straight through on instinct until it “feels” right? I’ve found that while I’m a pantser in the early stages, I benefit from the structure in revisions even though I still feel my way through that structure, if that makes sense.

    Yes, it makes sense. I think that’s how I got to editing Ghost Hunters this last time around. Well…except without a list. That’s a brilliant idea and God alone knows why I didn’t think of doing that.

    When I went back to GH, I identified the plot points, pinch points, and could identify more readily what was set-up and what was garbage, and finally put everything where it needed to go. I could also see what was missing altogether and determine how to finish strong. So what you say not only makes sense, but is exactly how I approached my last round of edits.

    The big thing for me is, I can go forward with the structure laid out FIRST, and this will expedite the revision and editing stage later. If I put all the essential elements in place on the first pass, then subsequent passes can only strengthen prose and story arc. Plot holes and structure problems aren’t an issue anymore. Something to think about ; why have a first draft when you can have something which only needs polishing if the structure is all in place?

    Now, will it work out that way? I dunno. I’ll try to let everyone know when (if) I can answer that definitively. 🙂

  2. I think I’m a situationist. I start with a story idea. I think I know how it will end, but often it ends another way. Outlining would kill the creativity for me.

    I’m not sure what the difference is between what you’re describing and pants-seat writing, Linda; can you clarify if you have time? I’d like to hear about another option I missed or didn’t know about. 🙂

    To respond to Sherri’s question: I’m one who makes a list of thinks to check during the editing phases. Sometimes I address one of these points specifically, in its own pass. Others I just watch for during all passes.

    I haven’t made a list yet; I think I need to do that, big time. It’s a clever and obvious idea I didn’t see before she mentioned it. Heh.

    GOOD LUCK to you on trying out your new method!

    Thanks, and thank you for stopping by and letting me know what you think! 🙂 Happy Memorial Day!

    1. There’s probably NO difference in the two. I’m just not up on this new-fangled lingo. Plus, “pants-seat” is such an inelegant term. 🙂

      LOL! Well, here’s to a more elegant future for pants-seat writers everywhere. 🙂

  3. I must cast my vote for a write-in option. If you are being held back by your pants, your are still showing restraint. Be wild, be brave bold and innovative. Write with no pants what-so-ever. I’ve heard that Shakespeare, Hemingway and Dr. Seuss all wrote in the nude. Well, Dr. Seuss wore socks, hence Fox in Sox, but he was otherwise naked. You can’t let anything hold you back. Always be fearless. Fearless in life, fearless in writing.

    BY JOVE, I’ll DO IT!! I’LL DO IT!! And you promise to pay for the therapy my children will need to deal with the trauma later in life, okay?

    1. With the kind of money you’ll be making after you become a big famous author, you won’t know what to do with all the moneys. You’ll be paying for my therapy!

      Oh, my boy! From your mouth to God’s ear! And if that happens, you’re right — I’ll be paying for your therapy, and with a smile. Least I can do to repay the joy your blog and comments have brought me. 🙂

  4. I think you know what kind of writer I am.

    I’m getting a strong pantsing consensus from my writerly buds, that’s for sure. I wonder why? Is it just easier?

    But kudos to you for trying different ways, exploring new ways, taking a chance. Good luck with your pants!

    Well, hopefully my plans and pants will converge into an unstoppable overall of doom where writing is concerned. 😉 Thank you!

  5. I’ve always wondered how writers work out their stories. In school, when we’d discuss allusion, and methods, it made me curious – do they really sit down the work it out like this? Plan to the point where they think whilst typing/writing “this is a perfect comparison to this, blah blah blah”.

    Well, I’ve never thought about comparisons when I write and I’m probably a bad example of how to write. See my later post about characters. Hehehe. 😉

    My teachers always made it sound like there was so much structure and planning involved. As if one couldn’t just sit and write something brilliant without a frame.

    I don’t know that I can write without one, but there are no fewer than two writers here who’ve said they can’t write WITH one. I guess it’s a matter of how good your instincts are, how close you get to the proper storytelling structure as you draft, and how much your knowledge is habitual, ingrained. Stephen King I’m not, but I proved to myself by examining the only full mansucript I have that my instincts are very good. Time will show whether the publishing industry agrees. 😉

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