Monday Survey: Plotters or pantsers?

This is an incredibly common question among the Internet writing community. so forgive me for asking it yet again.

But it is a valid question.  I start my new series on plotting soon, and I want to get a feel for where my readers stand on this important issue.

So what about it, lovely readers? Do you plot? Do you write by the seat of your pants? Or somewhere in between?


Also, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to the idea of plotting?

9 comments:

  1. Plot. It helps me to know exactly where the story is going to go, so that I can write effective scenes in getting there. Without some sort of rough outline at the least, it's too hit or miss, and the revisions become too extensive. Time spent on plotting out saves me much revision time.

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  2. Great picture! I'm pretty sure that's Australia's Ashleigh Brennan. Yay for gymnastics!!!

    I always thought I was a hard-core plotter because that's how I approached my novel for NaNoWriMo last November. But I just started a new novel and I didn't plot it as meticulously as I thought I would. So I'm discovering that I'm an in-betweener. I must have a general idea of where the story is headed and who the characters are, of course. For me, I think it just depends on the novel then. Some novels I'll need to plot every scene and character. For others, I'll only need a basic idea and then just see where the characters and story go from there.

    Some things you just can't plan no matter how hard you try!

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  3. I do a bit of both. I usually have a rough outline of less than a dozen points. That's usually enough of a framework to get me through the story, and leaves me enough space to be surprised.

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  4. I'm a plotter. I have several stages of plotting and I end up with a chapter by chapter outline with specific conversations and scenes already planned out. But that doesn't mean I won't drop in a scene here and there, out of nowhere, if it feels right.

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  5. I used to pants it. Get a character, a place, a vague idea of where I was going and then just go. Then I went to the Odyssey workshop. Now I plot. I was asked to attempt plotting just to see if (1) I could do it and (2) if there was anything in plotting that I could take away ... and I got hooked. The writing goes so much faster when I already know what the obstacles are. Now I even plot short stories!

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  6. Wow, you guys have given this serious thought. :) Awesome ideas, keep 'em coming!

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  7. I tend to be in=between. I tend to have an idea of where the story is going. I may even have it loosely plotted out. But it often goes the way the characters lead it, which can be different than I though.

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  8. I'm in between. I have an idea where I'm going and write a short, chapter by chapter outline as I write my first draft. It makes it easier to switch things around and see where things are sagging.

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  9. hardcore pantser. so much so that a protagonist of one of my wips moved to Alberta and that really messed me up for awhile. I can't even think of telling them what to do! I name them and just follow them around writing as fast as I can. Then I have to make the plot after...

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