Are you a plotter or a pantser?

March 23, 2017 | By | Reply More

Authors tends to be divided into two rival camps of writing … plotters and pantsers.

Plotters normally spend months on research and detailed plot plans. Before they sit down to start a novel, they will know their lead character’s favourite drink, the name of their first pet, and their height down to the last inch. Every chapter will have a detailed outline and they can normally rip through the writing.

Pantsers, by contrast, just sit down with a blank page and make it up as they go along. Flying by the seat of their pants, so to speak.

In this article, Amanda Wills (author of Flick Henderson and the Deadly Game), looks at the pros and cons of the two styles. To see how Amanda made the transition from plotter to pantser (and back again), check out her story …

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

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I have been working as a full-time author publishing fantasy and science fiction novels for HarperCollins for the last seven years.

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