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Debatable: Plot It, or Pants It?

Some Who Wander-Write Are Most Definitely Lost

Anne Greenwood Brown

I am a fast writer. I have to be. With a full-time job, three teenage children, and multiple editors’ deadlines, crunch time is all the time. Therefore, I make use of every available minute, sometimes even pulling out my laptop during the intermission at a choir concert. But for me, that precious time would be wasted if I merely dabbled in experimental fits and starts without any real plan as to where my story was going. I have all the respect in the world for pantsers, but I simply can’t afford to be one.

A few years ago, I wrote an article for Writer Unboxed called “Paying It Forward.” I think it’s important for writers to share their personal ...

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