The Pantser is a Secret Plotter. Don’t you know that?

So many times I hear the argument that you should always plot out your books. My own editor growls at me incessantly when I start talking about some new project and can’t tell her all the details, and I do mean all. Well, tough. The details sometimes elude me for months on end.

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson

Traditionally, the plotter will work out all the details for their stories long before they sit down at the keyboard and write: the plot outline, character profiles, the landscape of their worlds, all of it. For some, this works extremely well. It does have the advantage of keeping characters on track, heading toward that ultimate goal, however if a plotter over-plans the story, then the writing might feel forced. The story might become boring to the writer and they lose motivation. Being the plotter requires discipline, determination and mind that is ordered to start with. Brandon Sanderson is known to plot his novels before writing. Dan Brown is too.Read More