I’ve never been shy about sharing that I’m a pantser. That’s how I write – totally by inspiration, almost never by planning (one time I was forced to. It was a contest. I didn’t do well.). I don’t plot. I don’t know how I’m going to get from this scene to the next one or how I’ll even connect the beginning of the story to the end of it.
Most of the time, I don’t even know what the end is going to be until I arrive.
As I’ve been pursuing this writing journey very seriously for going on two years now (WHAAAAAT???), I’ve tried to find resources about pantsing. I’ve tried to gather together a collection of things that will help me when I run into problems and help me move forward.
And, for nearly two years, I’ve been pretty unsuccessful.
In my experience, there simply isn’t a lot out there on pantsing, and most of what I’ve found has been written or videoed by young writers. Not that a young writer can’t be smarter or wiser than me, but I rarely came away with something I hadn’t considered before.
So, in 2019, I’m making it my mission here on this blog to start writing down my experience with pantsing, the lessons I’ve learned the hard way, to help other writers who sit down and have no idea what is going to happen when they get to the page.
I can’t be the only one who does this.
I can’t be the only one who can successfully do this.
I don’t want to be transformed into a plotter. Many articles I read about pantsing were actually plotting articles in disguise (sneaky, sneaky you all), and that was really disappointing. I want to learn the art of discovery writing and discovery write some really awesome stuff.
I get it.
The hard work is on the back end.
While plotters do all the hard work at the beginning, we pantsers don’t. We do it all on the back side. The first draft is the easiest step because it’s just wandering around with the story. It’s afterward that we must wrangle the words on the page into a manageable hunk of something to be whittled and molded and shined up into something glorious.
And it’s hard to do that.
It’s hard to find stuff on the internet about it.
So every Wednesday, I plan on tackling another area of pantsing – from generating ideas to finishing a first draft, editing and tackling multi-book series. I’m going to work through it all and I hope at the end of it, we’re all stronger writers for it.
I’m inviting you into this journey, so please, be generous with your feedback, with your questions. I don’t claim to be an expert, but maybe by the end of this, I just might be. And you can help shape it with your questions and your feedback.
Let’s do this.