I mean, as a writer I thought a Panster was a writer who just sat down and wrote. Someone who let the story kind of guide them through their first draft and then they’d go back and revise until the heavens opened up 🙂
Versus a Plotter – who used various graphs, charts, and outlines to set up their story before they begin to write it. It doesn’t mean that the story still doesn’t bring a few suprises, but most of the time the entire idea is out on paper in outline form before the author begins to write.
Now, here’s the confusion for me.
I described a new story premise to a friend of mine, from beginning – plus a few plot twists, and then told her the ending. She said, “Oh my goodness, you’re a plotter.”
Just because I get the beginning of the story, some parts of the middle, and the ending before I write a word – does that mean I’m a plotter? I never just ‘start’ a story, but usually get full-length scenes in my head before I write. i don’t put them down on paper, unless it’s jotting down dialogue or a sentence. I’ll write full scenes out of order. Does that mean I’m a plotter?
What do you guys do? What do you think? Maybe….just maybe, I’m weird. Sherrinda, was that you laughing?