Do you “write by the seat of your pants”? Do you create your narrative organically, intuitively? If you aren’t sure, here’s a terrific definition of a pantser from blogger Paul Liadis:
1. One who writes a novel by the seat of their pants, without an outline, character sheets, or any semblance of planning.
2. Crazy person.
See also: intelligent, witty, and downright sexy.
So what are the hallmarks—or, perhaps, symptoms—that distinguish a pantser from a plotter? How does a pantser write differently from an architectural writer who builds a complete framework before tackling the creation of the novel itself?