I’m trying my hardest to move from being a full-out PANTSER (writing by the seat of my pants) to being a meticulous outliner. This transformation is turning into a test of wills between me and me. I’m not lying when I say I’m cheating on the promise I’ve made to myself and this game of pantser/planner is turning into a private joke.
Initially, I was hell bent on creating the entire outline—on note cards—prior to beginning this novella. But now that I’m into the outline, including notes on the characters and bookmarked historical references, it appears that I can’t help myself. Not writing is impossible. I just had to start the draft. So after I was completely clear on the action in the first chapter (drumroll) I WROTE it. And after I wrote it, I read it and started to write chapter two. And then chapter 3 was inevitable.
Then, I pushed myself back to the note cards, paper clips, character descriptions, timelines, etc. and planned out the next few chapters before—surprise, surprise—writing again.
Am I inching my way towards becoming a planner? Or am I just dancing on the line between the two opposing modus operandi of fiction writer?
What do you think? Flying by the seat of storytelling pants OR plotting & planning before my fingers hit the keyboard—which is best?