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Debatable: Plot It, or Pants It?

Not All Those Who Wander-Write Are Lost …

Ray Rhamey

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:

pant⋅ser [pant-ser]

–noun

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?

  1. You don’t outline or plot ahead. ...

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