There has been a lot of chatter lately about how people write. Are they plotters? Mapping out the events that are going to occur in their story and then following their map while they write. Or are they pantsers? You know, fly by the seat of their pants types who just sit at a blank page with the idea of characters in their head and just start writing what comes out.
How this all started
Twin Theory, my current project, started out on a whim for a class in school. I had a very general idea of a what-if scenario in my head, not even a true, fully formed plot when I started writing. And I really liked that first chapter. So I stuck with it and plotted a little, then wrote a two more chapters, also for classes in school, and a third chapter. I had a whopping four chapters written.
And then I jumped to writing the ending.
WHAT?!? Yes, that’s right. I wrote the ending after writing only four chapters. It was in my head, what I wanted for my ending. I also thought it was important to give my characters a goal, that final scene, to reach so hopefully I won’t get lost trying to write the middle.
So I’m a Pantser?
I don’t think so. Because now I am going back and plotting (yes, you read that right) the rest of my story–that middle part I skipped before.
So I’m a plotter?
Again, not really. At least not how I would define a plotter. Since I did not plot the entire story before I began writing, I don’t think I fall into this group either.
Am I weird?
Now, I should admit, I am still learning the process that works best for me. Yet, as for now, it seems to me, I straddle both group.
And really, I’m okay with that. I have always been one to do things sorta weird. But hey, it mostly works for me. That is what’s most important, doing whatever process works.