I’ve seen this question going around on Instagram, and I thought I’d chime in.
The question being: are you a plotter or panster?
One of the reasons I love seeing this question being talked about amongst authors is that the answers are always different. Because let’s be honest it’s different for every person.
As far as personally, I’d like to say I’m a mix between the two. Of course it changes depending on whatever book I’m writing. Cursed With Power for instance I did a lot of plotting for. I have journals full of plotting and timelines, etc.
Clara and Claire was a little more mixed. Some parts were planned, other parts I just ran with whatever came into my head. And then when I started writing the sequel I found myself having to plot more because I had to make sure the timeline made sense and connected with the events we found out about in the first book.
Here’s the thing: whether you’re a plotter or a panster –or maybe a little bit of both –it doesn’t matter so long as you’re writing the story in the way that makes the most sense to you. Stay true to yourself and do what works for you. Everyone’s different.
Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. Are you a plotter or panster? Has one worked out better for you than the other?