Alternatively titled:

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 …

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How to Stop Wildfire and the subsequent books are based on a non-omniscient third-person point of view. Certain characters get to color the narration. And some, the titular ‘Trinity and the One,’ have an accessible thought process. A stream of consciousness. I like to think of the POV as like a microphone that the Trinity and the One characters seize from each other. That is why POV can change within a page. It is a fluid prospect.

But for the majority of How to Stop Wildfire these POV characters are not operating within the same space. They are separated. So in HTSW there are some chapters with only one point of view. I did a quick analysis and created this chart:

A pretty even distribution, if I do say so myself.

Yet chapters have a variety of different lengths. So I did a word-count breakdown of those chapters by point of view. So all the Hequera chapter’s words would be lumped into one and so on.



The main problem with this chart is that I placed the chapter ‘Rebound’ into mixed: the vast, VAST, majority of it is King Fla’neiel’s POV. There is this one small part with Cyclone’s …

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