Every now and then, when I post something over on my Chronicles of Alsea blog that I think will have broader appeal, I’ll pop a link over here. Today’s post is on pantsers and planners.
Authors generally divide themselves into two groups: the pantsers and the planners (also called outliners or plotters). Pantsers fly by the seat of their pants, letting the narrative carry them. They may not know the ending of the story until they write it.
Planners meticulously outline their story and know where it’s going from the first word. They don’t often get stuck in a “oh crap, what’s next?” moment because they’ve already figured out what’s next.
And never the twain shall meet (or at least, hardly ever). They’re a bit like prescriptivists and descriptivists in the grammar wars: if you have both groups at a party, there should probably be a lot of alcohol and no ripe fruit.