Plotter Vs. Pantser

I never used to take notes when writing a story but let me tell you, it’s easier to not do so when your writing a short story than when you are writing a novella or a novel. At least, for me.

When just writing short stories, I would wing it. If the story were part of a series, I’d make note of important things after the story was written, and add to it as I wrote the rest of the stories in that series.

Then I started doing NaNoWriMo. I haven’t done this ever year, but I have done joined in five times now. The first two years I didn’t plan, because I wrote short story collections. I was a pantser.

But then, in 2013, I decided I was going to write just one story. A full book. It was a bit intimidating, so I made a plan, and I did so for the next couple of books I did with them as well.

When I wrote the first War Series, Saving Us, a couple of years back, I planned each book. And I have also planned each of the books in the Stalker Series. Now I’m a plotter.

NOTE: I am currently editing the first book in the Saving Us series.

Mind you, I don’t plan out every detail. I do create:

  • Character sketches that are mostly filled out, and I add to them as I’m writing.
  • A few prompts for when I get stuck, such as something I want a character to say or do.
  • A few paragraphs about some of the chapters.
  • Notes about relationships.

eBook cover by Shannon L. Buck via February 2018.But the rest I make up as I go along. I just need to have basic information and an idea of where a book is going.

If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, read My Mother and let me know what you think. Are you interested in reading more short stories like this? Please leave a review if you like it; your doing so will help me to sell more.




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