By: Matthew X. Gomez
Pantser- a writer who creates by the seat of his or her pants. May or may not believe in a scared muse that shines forth inspiration through which the writer is merely the conduit. Slops words on the page and then, only then sees what sticks.
Plotter- the writer who meticulously plans, outlines, and takes notations before setting in to the actual act of creation. May or may not engage in extensive worldbuilding, character biographies and intricate plots.
So which one am I then?
I tend to be a pantser by nature. I like to sit down at my laptop with maybe a title or an idea, and sometimes not even the title, and see where it takes me. It’s a fluid, open kind of write, and usually when I’m about two or three hundred words in I get a sense of the general direction the story is going in. Sometimes I resist the urge to follow exactly my first instinct. Why? Maybe it seems too similar to something I was just watching/reading/playing. Maybe I think of a way to twist it just so to keep it fresher (if not for my readers than definitely for me).
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