Or…where is the story going?
No, I am not yet wondering what happens after I am actually done with my WIP…(ok sometimes I do wonder but this is not the point here, *smile*). I am asking myself questions about where my story should go. I have reached more than 35000 words *does the Chandler dance* (this one in case you don’t know what I’m talking about :-))
I am starting to be worried about a possible ending to my story. So I decided to use my friend Google to gain some perspective on the dilemma a lot of writers face: outline or no outline?
That’s when I realized that writers do have a language of their own and the question I really should ask myself is: Am I a pantser or a plotter?
In a nutshell, the pantser goes with the flow while the plotter well plots…Let’s go back to Friends. One could say Monica is a plotter; she usually likes to make sure that everything is planned ahead while Phoebe on the other hand is a tad more the pantser type…Sometimes, it works better though when Monica gets out of her comfort zone and just let´s go (remember London?) while for Phoebe, when she actually thinks some things through, she gets a better result…
Ok enough Friends references 🙂
I currently only plan in my head the possible scene as I type it but this makes me now stop to ask myself THE question mentioned above: what happens next? Should I try to plot now to make sure I actually get to an ending at some point or do I just keep on going?
There does not seem to be ONE miracle solution but I need to find one that will work for me. And after much thinking, here is my take on this:
- I will keep on writing with the flow while I can
- I will learn more about plotting (so that I can use it when I hit a block road)
- I will show flexibility as everything related to my writing: it is OK to be a plotter one day and a pantser the other day or to become a hybrid.
- I will continue to seek advice from fellow writers (you guys rock!)
Now tell me (I am curious) Would you be a Monica or a Phoebe?
Some helpful links if you want to read others’ takes and advice on this:
- Writing with a formula (even if you’re not a plotter) By The Writers Alley
- Guest Author Roni Loren: Save the (Cat) Pantser! A Solution for Pantsers with Plotter Envy by The Other Side of the Story
- A method in the madness: Outlining as you write by Jody Hedlund
- Can a pantser become a plotter? by Katy Little Lady
- The way we are: pantser, plotter or in between? By Peggy Eddleman
- Pantser or plotter by The Book Doctor