Thursday, November 03, 2011

Going Both Ways: Outline vs Pantser

Today I'm on the road over at The Pen and Parchment talking about a recent revelation I had regarding outlining vs pantsing.

A sneak peek:
I realized something recently. I’m an outliner all the way when it comes to crafting the plots in my stories. But for my character arcs, I’m a total pantser. I always know where my characters are going, but rarely how they’ll get there.

To me, this is the best of both worlds, especially since I write science fiction and fantasy, which tends to be fairly plot-focused. I can devote as much time as I need prepping my story framework, then turn my characters loose and see what happens. Not only does it allow me to spend more time developing those characters as I write, it keeps the story fresh for me. I never know how things are going to unfold.
Head on over to The Pen and Parchment for the rest of the post! Hope to see you there!


  1. Thank you for coming over today. Your post is full of insight. :) I love it when I get a glimpse of another author's life and learn that I'm really not as "crazy" or as "different" as I always thought I was. ;)

  2. Most welcome! Thanks for having me. That insight is exactly why I do the "How they do it" posts here. There are so many different ways to write, and no matter how crazy you think your way is, someone else does it to :)