Sharing someone else’s post: “Where Writers Get Stuck: Planning”

Blogger Allison Maruska says even “panster” writers do some planning and would be more accurately called plantsers. I prefer the term waypoint writer (which I learned while reading an article on the Mythic Scribes site) because of the actual waypoints in the stories my clone-sibling and I write together. Whatever you call the writer and their “process,” planning a story does seem to be a big hurdle for many, and Allison has some useful ideas about the cause of that problem and what to do about it.

About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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1 Response to Sharing someone else’s post: “Where Writers Get Stuck: Planning”

  1. Interesting article.

    I’m a “pantster” through and through, which is interesting as I’m a planner in real life.

    My issue is if I “plan” a book, my brain figures I’ve already written it, and I lose the inspiration to write. It becomes a slog of putting word on paper, and my brain moves to “accomplish” mode and out of “creative” mode.

    All three books I’ve tried to do a solid outline for are sitting half-finished. The five I let “flow”, I’ve completed. Yeah, the first draft sucks, but I have something to edit into a decent story.

    I’ve also learned “pantsing” that sometimes what I think is going to happen even in the next scene doesn’t. The characters are all “nope, we’re going to do this”. It’s a first draft. I let them do what they want 🙂

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