Friday, July 23, 2010


TGIF! Sorry to be so late, but it’s been a long, difficult week. All told, it’s been a brutal few months, and I’m feeling more than a bit distracted. But I did find this really interesting post over at Plot Whisperer in celebration of pantsers. Click here to check out the role of cause and effect as a really great strategy for writers of all kinds and tell me: Do you write this way?


  1. A panster post??? Oh I'm already there!!!

  2. I read that one, too, and it was great. And yes, I write that way, at least in the first-draft brain-dump. That's just how it all comes out. It makes it fun, because you let the characters tell the story. And sometimes, when they do something totally unexpected, you're left thinking, "Okay, so you did that crazy thing. Now what, missy? What are you going to do about it?"

    *sigh* I can't wait to get back to that writing stage. Right now I'm sludging through revisions.

    Happy Friday!

  3. Sorry about hell week (month? year?) but thank you for continuing to enlighten us here.

    I'm a TOTAL PANTSER.I read what happened before and think, ok, now what do they do...then cross my fingers and hope they figure it out. Or I figure it out.

    The problem with that, usually, is all the various responses to "now what will they do"?

    Thank you for sharing this. Makes me feel a bit better about my "organic" (as opposed to "haphazard") writing habits.

  4. So sorry about the hell week! Thanks for the link!

  5. TGIF! I'm a little bit of a panster at first, but I tend to outline toward the middle and the end.

  6. Thanks for the info link, now following. I hope it gets better for you, it's been pretty rough here, too. What would we do without Fridays?!! Have a great weekend!

  7. Oh, I'm sorry you've had a rough few months--I totally hear you on that front! I hope that it's getting better for you.

  8. I could never be a pantser - I'd get so lost I'd never find my way back.

    I'm sorry to hear you've been having a rough time lately - I hope things get better soon!

  9. I'm sorry to hear you're still having a rough time, SJS. I too hope things quickly improve, smooth out, and become blissful for you.
    If there is anything I can do, an ear lending, anything at all, please let me know.

    Happy Weekend. :)

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