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Article: Are you a pantser or plotter (outliner) by Teresa Smeigh


Most writers are either a pantser, which means they write by the seat of their pants or a plotter, they must have an outline to lay the whole thing out. Now there are a few people who are a combination of both and they are called plantsers.

Pantsers write one day at a time letting the story tell itself. When they start they are not sure whether it will be a novel, novella or simply a piece of flash fiction. They must be ready to scrap their work if it doesn’t work out. The pros of being a pantser mean that you can kill off a character and not have to rewrite the whole outline. The cons though mean that it is easier to get stuck since you have no plans written out to fall back on.

A plotter or planner plans their whole novel before they start writing. They methodically plan it out from start to finish. It can be scribbled on a piece of scrap paper or neatly written out. This is great for people who don’t want to go off plot because they can’t focus. They don’t want to go off their original plan. The pros are that they hardly have writer’s block. The cons though are really rough as a change in the story means rewriting the whole outline each and every time they decide to change something.

Although I am a pantser for the most part, for this memoir I am writing, I am writing an outline of sorts. I want it chronological so I have written out my table of contents and occasionally I do end up having to add chapters or move them around as my memory kicks in with another memory or I remember the actual date.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Oscar Wilde Quote


“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”

– Oscar Wilde

 

This has been the story of my life. Terrible and bitter trials happening all the time and then later finding out that it was the best thing in the world that could have happen. Sometimes it takes a while to find out just how much of a blessing it is.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

2016/01/06/writers-quote


 

apple-256262_1920 (2)This is so very true. I do my best writing in the middle of the night. There are no interruptions and piece reigns supreme around here anyhow.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

Thunder and Lightning – a haiku


Thunder and Lightning

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

thunder cracks loudly

lightning flashing across sky

I jump at each crack

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Spring Rains – a haiku


Spring Rains

By Teresa Smeigh 2019

peeping through the earth

colorful blooms appearing

rain nourished them

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

I’ve been thinking, ut oh LOL!


As some of you know I have been doing a lot of writing on the blogs. Some of that work is for my 2 writing groups and the rest has been all the prompts I found on here.

For the writing groups I have been doing longer work and non-fiction. Someone suggested that I should use these writings and write a memoir. That interests me more than poetry books, but who knows what the future brings. I may never get that complete need to be published. I never know with my Bipolar Disorder where my interests will get so interesting that I follow through.

So with all the writing for the 2 groups and belonging to one, possibly 2 reading groups if the one here where I live in the senior high rise gets going, I have to cut down on all the prompt writing I am doing.

Right now I am obsessed with writing, leading towards a manic phase. I am sleeping less than normal which isn’t much to begin with. My psychiatrist is slightly concerned, but doesn’t feel I am a serious manic phase at this point. YET anyhow.

I am going to research memoir writing first. I have no idea what they consist of except that they are not full autobiographies. I believe that I have several things that I could use possibly to write one, but I am clueless which leads to lots of research.

That being said I am going to slow down probably on all the prompt writing although rewriting old posts that could possibly work for a memoir I will still work on.

Things change abruptly in my life and my whole idea may change and I might go back to poetry writing. I just don’t know.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Revamping http://www.finallyawriter.com coming along


Revamping http://www.finallyawriter.com coming along.

I have deleted a lot of my work that after rereading it I decided wasn’t worthy of me. A lot of the prompt work I had to make things fit and they really didn’t when I reread it just now. A lot of it I am reposting as of the next few months so my newer readers can read it.

I can’t remember exactly when I started that blog. I think it was around 2012, but unless it has a date on it I have no way of knowing. The blog will look new since I am redating them for now.

This blog is only a few years old. This was the 2nd one and I got tired of writing everything twice if it was creative writing. Well I copy/pasted it obviously, but it was still extra work. Now that I am finding work that I don’t like, it is time to get rid of it and then eventually I hope to start working on this one. I am sure there are posts I don’t want to keep on here as well, plus I want to open up some space because I am posting a lot of prompt work lately although I am trying to make the quality of it better or not post it.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com