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Pantser or Planner

What’s your style? If you’re anything like me, I jumped straight in and started writing. Perhaps you scrawled a few notes, had the main characters and a general idea; but that was about it. Where the story would lead and how long it would be, you had no idea. Congratulations; you’re a #Pantser!

I was unfamiliar with the term. Sure, I’d heard, ‘flying by the seat of your pants,’ but ‘Pantser.’ No. That was, until I run into the dreaded writer's block. It gave me time to reflect on how I was writing and yes, I turned to the internet to see if there was an alternative way to write. Looking back, I was so naïve but Google set me straight and directed me to the phrase ‘Pantser or #Planner.’

The Pantser. Little to no planning. You go with the flow and let the words come as they will. It’s how I penned my first book, “Whispers of The Realm.” (#whispersoftherealm) I can’t say it was intentional, but ignorance, which is ironic because I’ve always been a planner. After my encounter with the dreaded block I was inspired to research my new career. In hindsight, I should have done this first, but I can be impulsive.

The Planner sounded much more up my alley. Someone who sits down and meticulously plans their yarn from start to finish. I resolved to try my next book as a Planner but after struggling to arrange it on my laptop I became frustrated. It just wasn’t working. Once more I turned to Google searching for writer planning software. Blessed be! After making the necessary comparisons, I opted for The Novel Factory. I am in love with this software! There will be no more Pantser writing for this author. I spent a good while plotting my book but when I got around to writing I sailed through the chapters. All because I had all the material there.

So what are you? A Pantser or Planner?

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