…as a ‘Pantser’ Author, isn’t it great when a ‘Non-Plan’ comes together?…

…if yeez aren’t a writer, author, or scribbler of some fashion, yeez may not understand the post title today… but for sure, the rest of yeez, the Lads and Lassies of Blog Land’ll get it right away…


…for the uninitiated, the thought line is that quill-scrapers fall into two basic categories… ‘planners’ and ‘pantsers’‘planners’ are the ones who meticulously plot out the narrative flow, character deployment and development, WURD count, story arcs, chapter contents, background details on major and minor cast players… the tag, ‘pantsers’, derives from ‘seat-of-the-pants’ authoring, almost divining it all as yeez go along, not knowing where yer story’s going next… others will tell yeez, in truth, most of us employ a mixture of these approaches, and this ol’ Jurassic believes there is no set ‘correct’ manner to  craft yer masterpieces… ‘chacun a son gout’… whatever WURKS for yerself in my book… (‘in my book!’…d’yeez see what I did there, Mabel!)… my own tendency is more toward the pantser brigade’s method, but with one absolute stipulation in that I know how the story is going to end before I write even the first WURD… at present, I’m sculpting away at the fourth in my Jack Calder crime thriller series, KILLER CITY… and, as with writing the previous three, sum’times it tends to lead off in its own direction…


…but yesterday, out of the blue came an inspirational twist, a flash of ‘Gawd-knows-from-whence’, that had me out of my typing seat, punching the air, expressing Eureka-style exclamations excitedly, ‘Yes!, Yes! Yes!’… the elusive literary ‘bit-of-the-jigsaw’ that pulls so much of the rest of the story into line… as a ‘Pantser’ Author, isn’t it great when a ‘Non-Plan’ comes together?… does this happen very often or not to the rest of yeez scribblers?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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5 responses to “…as a ‘Pantser’ Author, isn’t it great when a ‘Non-Plan’ comes together?…

  1. I keep saying ‘plotter’ instead of ‘planner’ when talking about this. I’m one of those, so maybe I just know I’m up to something.

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  2. I am a newbie, but the pantser seems to work for me. I did a story line and had to revise it several times to match what I wrote, and did a character study of the main characters. I am getting an education from reading posts, and I like yours writtin the Irish Brogue very much. Thanks!

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  3. …welcome…we were all newbies once upon a time, my friend.. … glad to meet you… the Irish Brogue is actually my version of the Scottish Brogue (Celt, nonetheless).. my ‘Seumas’ is the Scots gaelic version (In Ireland it’s ‘Seamus’)



  4. SD Gates

    I am definitely a “pantser”!!!! I know where I will finally end up and I kind of know the major scenes, but the characters have a tendency to take me there. Most of my “Oh my gosh revelations occur while I am driving, and so I have to keep repeating it over and over until I get to my destination. Thankfully, everyone has hands-free phones in their cars so I don’t look like the crazy person talking to myself all the way to work (they just assume I am talking very excitedly to someone on the other end). Actually I don’t really care if people think I am a crazy person – now that I read this again. There is some quote out there that says writing is like driving in a heavy fog with your headlights on. You know where you will end up, but you can’t see past the shine of the headlights (something like that).

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