Here are my definitions...
Plotter - have a terrific story idea, plan, outline, know the basic plot, character backstories, conflict, theme, arcs, etc. Then start writing.
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Purpose. Your characters need to have goals (Plotter), but how they reach or don't reach them is up to you (Pantser).
Flexibility. Having a plan and making an outline is a great way to know the big plot points of your story (Plotter). Unfortunately, your characters may lead you off your path in a new direction. This isn't a bad thing! Don't resist, go with them and see where it leads (Pantser).
Spontaneity. You want to keep your readers guessing to keep them turning pages (Pantser), just make sure surprises make sense in the story (Plotter).
Continuity. When you start writing a new story, it's a fantastic feeling. Like a child chasing a butterfly--Ooo pretty! (Pantser) But when the butterfly leads you into a dark forest and disappears, you are stuck and lost! If you have a path to follow, you can find your way through the rough parts and make it to the end. (Plotter)
That's why I'm a Plantster - have a plan and a rough outline to know where the story is going, then start writing
I like having a plan, then once I start writing, I take breaks for research, naming people and places, and making notes to keep everything straight. My characters always lead the way through the story, I just nudge them in the right, general direction, so it's just as fun for me to write it and discover it as it is for my readers!
And a special side note, MJ Fifield also talked of Pantsing and Plotting this month!
No matter which way you write it, keep at it!
I love writing!
And someone else who loves writing, is my SHOUT OUT OF THE WEEK:
The brilliant Chrys Fey is full of #SPARKS! She found sparks to inspire her and now shares sparks to inspire others. I know she's a big spark of inspiration for me!
Inspiration -- Motivation -- Advice
Creativity -- Positivity -- Wisdom
Encouragement -- Empowerment -- Insight
Special Note: Her mother is one of her biggest inspirational sparks with published books of her own!
Living in Florida, Chrys is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four cats and three nephews, both keep her entertained with their antics.
You can find her all over...
How about you--Plotter? Pantser? or Some of both? And go visit Chrys for a Spark!