As a new writer, you might have started out as a panster, but when you wrote your second and third book you decided plotting and outlining your stories worked better for you.
I’ve found I’m a little of both. When I wrote my historical time travels, I researched the time period. This also helped me decide some of the plot points I wanted to add to my story. Even with my paranormal romances, there’s a background story. You can’t have your characters popping into the world, make believe or not, without giving some insight to where they’ve been. Moon Shifter is about werewolves. I researched the legends and decided my werewolves would be more like the traditional Irish werewolves. In my Fallen Angels series, the Fallen are the Watchers mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls’, the Book of Enoch.
I also like to have the names of my hero and heroine before I write. I’ll jot down in a notebook what they look like and if they have any habits, etc. This goes for the secondary characters as well. So in this sense, I am a plotter.
I’m more a panster when it comes to writing the story. I do have an idea where I want to go with the story, but sometimes my characters have another idea and things begin to take another route. I just go with the flow. I may write the first few chapters of the book then have an idea for the middle of the story or have a great last scene in mind and have to let my fingers fly over the keyboard to type it out. Even characters have a habit of showing up and introducing themselves. I just add them to the notebook. I use “sticky note pads” to scribble down a few lines here and there as they come to me. These usually turn out to be full-fledged scenes. It’s rare for me to write from beginning to end.
There is nothing wrong with being a plotter, a panster or a little of both if it gets the job done. Just be true to yourself.
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