Plans? Who needs plans?
I was inspired by this Goodreads blog post. In which, it mildly goes into which authors/writers are ‘planners’ and which are ‘pantsers.’ Script or improv, basically. Whether the author plans out the book in some fashion or just makes it up as they go along. The differences in execution can be pretty clear between the two. Pantsers will have less foreshadowing and more ‘breaks,’ but a potentially more creative development. Planners will be able to construct a rigorous motif or theme, and place clues for the future events.
But, let’s be honest, no one is completely pantser or planner. Life is filled with
fifty shades of grey. But some of us fall distinctively on either side of the spectrum.
All this got me thinking about my own outline usage and their effectiveness, because I just finished the outline for the third book in my series. But only after I wrote like 30k words of it (I’m expecting around 120k words, to put that into perspective.) The outline is more of an after thought rather than the starting point.
So, obviously, I would consider myself a mix of …