From his blog:
It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.
Now, my post this week is about the time-honored question: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Most writers, I think, consider themselves to either be in one camp or both. I used to consider myself a die-hard plotter, i.e. that writer who had the entire novel set out by Chapter 2 or 3.
But I'm participating in a writing challenge this month to hammer out 30k during June, and to be honest, I have no inclination to plot. At all. In fact, I'm having quite a lot of fun just writing on-the-fly, filling in the blanks as I go along.
A good part of my mind is shouting at me to plot. The other part is thrilled. Since it's been a long time since I really felt inspired to write anything novel-length (as I do now) I've decided to try pantsing my way through this novel. It will probably--in fact, I'm sure it will--be even more of a mess than if I plotted it. But it's a first draft, and there are always revisions. Right?
As for whether I'm a plotter or a pantser . . . well, I figure it doesn't matter so much so long as I'm actually writing something.
Have you ever questioned your plotter/pantser status? Which are you--or are you a mix?
-----The Golden Eagle