Neither approach is wrong. The best method is the one that works for you, that allows you to create an entertaining and well-written story. If pantsing keeps you interested and your writing vibrant, then write away without an outline.
You write whatever way works best for you. And they never tried it. So what the heck is pantsing? Gardener, organic does that mean outliners are inorganic?
But it boils down to a writer who does not use an outline to figure out their story. Instead, they write it like the way a reader reads a book—they discover it and the characters as they type the words.
One writer I ran across said: He picked up a pen and started writing because that was natural to him. They might know what the ending is.
They might have no idea who it will end the case with my current book. They might know what happens in the next scene. They might have no clue what happens in the next scene. They might write the scenes out of order. They might need to write them in order.
Why does pantsing get such a bad rap? In the book, he gives step-by-step instructions on how to write a book by building an outline first I tried this. My book failed by the time I hit chapter 3 and my creative side gave up on me.
It is also hard for people who are used to outlining to comprehend how someone could write an entire book without having everything laid out in a roadmap.
People have told me that my first draft is the outline, or even that I must be lying about outlining, because they cannot comprehend that I start a story one word at a time. But the biggest reason is a craft issue.
Writer submits it to a developmental editor. Editor sees the horrible mess resulting from the combination of a craft issue and pantsing and declares that pantsing is the problem.
So the writer thinks their way of writing is wrong and that they should outline. The only thing that counts is the finished story.Pantsing (timberdesignmag.comg) submitted 2 years ago by h0stsamurai Is pantsing having a general idea of where you want the chapter to go, and then stumbling along until you've written or noted(to maintain momentum) every idea you have for the chapter.
But the idea survived, and it’s the main plot of book #5. But there again, pantsing rears its head – my favorite scene so far in the book was entirely unplanned – Sara catching her adoptive daughter Grace having her first kiss, and Sara’s subsequent flashback to her own. This week I will begin writing Dead Man’s Reach, the fourth book in the Thieftaker timberdesignmag.com those of you who are fans of the series, don’t panic.
Book three, A Plunder of Souls, is not yet out and won’t be for close to a year. Authors are almost always at least a full book ahead of the publication schedule. Writing a Novel to the End: Writing by the Seat of Your Pants.
The number of articles I’ve written on plotting might give the impression I’m against organic writing, or as it is more popularly termed, pantsing. 36 Responses to “The Outline Dilemma—Plotting vs.
Pantsing” There must be other people, like me, who use both approaches depending on the book or the stage of their writing life.
Fiction Editor Beth Hill says: May 30, at pm. Easy novel outline techniques to plan your book step by step. How to write a novel from start to finish. Turn ideas for novels into finished books. Free worksheets for planning characters and scenes.