Ok, onto today's post :).
First off, let me identify myself- my name is Marie, and I'm a Pantser (cue- "Hi Marie" here ;)). Pantser just means I write by the seat of my pants- aka I don't plot. Now pantsers can range from the Bradbury type of just opening a window and just seeing where the characters go to an almost plotter type of pre-plotting but not really mapping it all out.
I'm soundly in the free for all, just trying to keep up with my character's end.
And while I have finished a number of books that way, there is a tiny part of my brain (which grows louder and more aggressive when I box my characters in somehow) that says the plotters might have an easier way of it.
I did try plotting once. In fact, as I type this I'm looking at a nice big cardboard tri-fold, broken up into acts and scenes with lined colored post its covering half of it.
Yup- half. I found that I ran out of steam, and even though I have the major climax points in the later half, the first half just didn't work so I never finished. That book is waiting for an overhaul as I've got it so out of wack in terms of a "blah" plot that I can't move forward without a serious re-write.
And yet--I still look at my plotter friends with more than a little tinge of envy. It just seems like such a more efficient way to write, so streamlined and clean. And cool office supplies! Ok, let's face it, one of my favorite parts of my trip into plotter-land was the lined, colored post-it notes.
I'm sure, somewhere, there is a plotter who wishes they could be more pantser like. And while I do still think it might be better of that otherside, I think this is who I am, and how I write.
So chime in- plotter? Pantser? Plantser? Where are you on the scale and do you envy the other side?