A Case for “Pansters”

Authors tend to fall into two camps:

Outliners do exactly that. They outline their story until they know every detail.

“Pansters” are those authors who just sit down and write. They “feel” the story out. They write by the seat of their pants.

I always thought I was an outliner, but lately I’ve realized that my outline is just there to remind me of ideas I want to add somewhere down the line, to show me where I’ve been, not where I’m going (because I change my outline outcome depending on what turns the current chapter have taken). I have a very hard time writing only what’s in the outline, I want to adlib and if I go a different direction, one that makes my future outlined chapters moot, that’s okay. I can make a new outline of where I think I might want to go. That makes me a Panster.

Take a look at this article. The Case for Writing a Story Before Knowing How It Ends – The Atlantic.

#writing #outline #panster

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About Wendy L. Koenig

I was born in Colorado, but raised on a small homestead in Illinois. I served in the USAF right out of high school. After my stint in the military was finished, I returned home and had a horse stable. My first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, Jet’s Stormy Adventure, serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. It was a natural fit, given my business. Later, I attended University of Iowa's famed summer workshops and writing programs. Since that time, I have authored and co-authored numerous books. Several of my novels and short stories have won international awards and have appeared in multiple venues.
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