Q&A With A Wordsmith: To Plot Or Pants

On Writing, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

As a writer taking a rather unique path, I often receive a wide range of questions. So far, I’ve covered some broad topics which you can find here and I’ll continue to shed some light on further questions. With luck, you’ll gain some understanding and insight along the way.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer, feel free to comment or drop me an email.


Question:
How do you decide whether to plot or pants your way through a manuscript?

Answer:

In case you haven’t heard, a common term thrown around by writers that don’t plot out their books are self-proclaimed pantsers — writers that write by the seat of their pants, without much of a plan beyond an idea. 

For some, that’s the only way to write. Otherwise it doesn’t feel as if the story is driving itself — these writers like to let their characters decide how to proceed. 

But for others, that’s asking for trouble. I couldn’t tell you how many started and  failed manuscripts are filed away for potential future use. These graveyards began with an idea but eventually it reached a point where I just didn’t know what to do next or figure out where I might’ve gone wrong. So now, I plot. 

There’s no right or wrong answer — the key is to do what works for you. Reaching The End is what matters most. 


For now, this will be my final Q&A session, since those fiction prompts are covering some of the same topics brought up by these questions. But if you have any specific questions in mind, feel free to comment or send me an email.  

Until next time,
Sarah

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