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The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition by Writer's Digest Writer's Digest Editors

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Chapter Thirty

Plantsing

The Art of Plotting and Pantsing

Jeff Somers

About fifteen years ago, I finally learned how to drive a stick shift. My whole life I’d wondered: Why would anyone choose to shift manually? It’s like pushing the car uphill by yourself, Flintstone-style. But I’m glad I now know because, in the event of a zombie apocalypse, I can hijack and operate any available vehicle to make my escape.

Why are you reading about transmissions? Because they’re surprisingly similar to the two types of methods writers use to produce novels.

Writing a novel is easy … said no writer ever. Sure, every year thousands of people write a rough draft of a short novel in thirty days during National Novel Writing Month, and plenty of literature’s classics ...

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