Pantser vrs. Planner

I already broke one of my New Year’s Resolutions, which was to update this blog more often. But with Snowpocalypse 2019 raging, I’ve been driven in doors and have time plenty of time to write productive (it remains to be seen if I do it or not, LOL!) and to post on my blog.

Onto today’s post: Pantser vrs Planner.

Now what the heck are Pantsers and Planners?


Well, I’m using these terms in reference to writing. A Pantser is someone who writes by the “seat of the pants.” They sit down and write. From the Pantsers I know, they have a general idea of what they want to write, but no outline or notes. They just write. A Planner is the opposite; a Planner has an outline, notes, charts, graphs, whatnot. When I was younger, I was a Pantser – I simply sat down and wrote whatever my heart desired. Now that I’m older, I am more of a Planner.

I’ve argued in another post that the first draft of a WIP is to be written from your heart and I stand by that completely. First drafts are for the author and no one else. Even so, I outline and choreograph scenes as one might do a screen play, to better envision what I want and to maintain my focus. Otherwise, my characters would take over and nothing would get accomplished. That is my way of writing – my method to my madness.


Okay, for the most part I’ve argued the side of the Planner, but that’s only because I haven’t done any Pantser writing in over a decade. I’m a little out of touch, but I do believe there’s no right or wrong way to write. Whether you’re a Pantser or a Planner, as long as you love and find joy in what you write, that’s all that matters.


So, which one are you? A Pantser or a Planner?


4 thoughts on “Pantser vrs. Planner

  1. Major Pantser, to the point where I sometimes freeze in my progress because I just can’t make decisions and come up with a plan that satisfies. But if I don’t plan, I also find myself regretting it later.

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