I LOVE Pantsing (Novels)

23 thoughts on “I LOVE Pantsing (Novels)

  1. Stephen King does situation based plots, where he just starts with a basic idea, then goes at it. No real planning

  2. I always thought I was a plotter— I am in all other aspects of my life. Yet, I always get stuck in my plot outlines. I think I may be a pantser! I'm going to try to this method.

  3. Thing is, I haven't written enough to know if plotting would work for me or not. I have a feeling once I get to that stage I might need it. But one thing I know is that I'm character-driven, even if I'm writing fantasy everything takes a backseat and I need to write as much of each character as I can, trying possibilities and figuring out what they will do. Trying to come up with plot points results in creating or editing characters. Adding things to the world is usually a result of giving the character "the magical equivalent of (wanting to change who they are, or depression, or reading too much into things, etc..)"
    The problem is that I never have enough, I don't know what's the line between brainstorming-with-writing-scenes and actually writing

  4. Saying boy or girl is just fine. They’ll get over it. I like your pantsing idea. Outlines can become too complex, too fast.

  5. I really enjoy your videos. I attended 3 colleges and got input from many professors. Your voice has added much to my ability to write. Thank you.

  6. Aaargh! This makes so much sense. I've outlined so many things and stopped working on them because I got bored. I kind of just assumed I just didn't have what it took to write a novel. I only recently started restricting myself to outlining just the main plot beats and I'm actually getting some writing done. I kind of wish I'd seen this video sooner. I guess I'm a Plantser but leaning more towards the pantsing side. The fun part in writing, for me, has always been the discovery. Great video. It gave me the feeling that I can get my projects done for once, so thanks.

  7. From a planner to other planners: If you are a planner and have one of those ideas while writing that doesn't show up in your outline – cool, BUT be careful to not mess up your whole outline. If significant changes are required because of the new incident you need to go back to the outline and revise it big time. Otherwise your concept will be messy, you will not know what is going on anymore and there will be plot holes. So yeah, embrace your ideas but adjust the rest to it.

  8. Loved this 🙂 I've been an architect writer, but my next story, I'm definitely gonna give Pantsing a try!

  9. Outlining helps me out a lot, but when I’m stuck on a scene, pantsing helps me through it. I suppose this makes me a plantser

  10. It's still going to take me a while to accept hearing the word "pantsing" without getting strange connotations.

  11. I'm somewhere near the middle of this spectrum, but definitely more on the plotter side. I've thought about it quite a lot, and I think maybe pantsing is better for generating richly-evolving character arcs — which makes it easier to write good stories because good stories need good characters.

    But on the other hand, it depends on your goal. Personally, I've written quite a bit of short fiction. I often have whacky ideas that I want to make into stories; I love puzzles, and tend to want to write high-concept stuff and include a lot of twists. For that scenario, I've found that it's best to make a plan first, then start writing to that plan. If it doesn't work out, you start again with a different world/characters, but the same idea (because in this case, the IDEA is the thing).

    I didn't even realise I was doing this, until I recently looked at one of my stories and found that it was similar to a couple of other stories I'd started and never finished. Turns out they weren't working because I used the wrong characters or the wrong world.

  12. I'm more of a pantser and i haven't finished even one chapter-ed story. I heard its good to start writing with the middle a.k.a the climax. I only tried this once and lost the story. I hardly know anything about writing.

  13. Pantsing forever!!!
    When I started writing my book I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, I just knew the characters, the world and some key points of the plot, like the plot twist. I created ideas literally while I was writing from the very first chapter, and at some point I decided to completly erase half of my plot to change it and I did, rewriting two chapters and deleting some characters to make room for others XD XD Now the story is sooooo different from what I thought it would be when I started writing it and I added so many new characters and situations and conflict during the writing process making it more compelling and original. I also think that inventing as you go gives you the possibility to write realistic dialogue and characters because you have no predefined structure to follow. The characters react and interact in a natural way and it's easier to come up with original ideas. I would not be able to even write two pages with an outline without changing half of it XD And I'm currently at almost 70.000 words for my novel! So I think pantsing works for me, I don't plan at all, I just sit down and write without worring about what will come after XD of course always considering where I want to the story to go to reach the climax ^_^

  14. Definitely a pantser, when I try to write down an outline it just devolves into long, detailed scenes. The only way I've found to outline is through day-dreaming future scenes.

  15. The only thing I know for sure is that I’m not a plotter. Pantser, plantser, gardener, plunger – sure.

  16. I outline the major events that will happen in a chapter (like character intros, conflicts, deaths, whatever) but beyond that make it up as i go

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