Plotters have their favorite plot planner and stroke it lovingly each time a new book idea is brewing. This sleek, well-groomed animal is probably a linear, left-brained writer, meticulously researching details and filling out a character chart before even typing ‘Chapter 1’.
The Pantser paces distractedly, sort of hyena-like, bolting when an idea strikes or quietly basking in the sun, contemplating and daydreaming while complex scenes play out in her head. A pantser writes by the seat of her pants and scowls each time she walks by the blank plot planner hanging on the wall. She’s most likely a right-brained, character-driven writer.
My name is Anne and I am a Pantser!
At my recent novel writing retreat, I boldly announced that I am a ‘pantser’. Even though I shared a tried and true (by others) plot planner, beautifully laid out an…