Today’s author blog hop question posed by author Tracy Cooper-Posey, (next week’s chat guest) is:
Are you a plotter or a panster? Do you plot your stories ahead of writing? Or do you write and see what happens? (Writing “by the seat of your pants”.) Why do you work that way? What are the benefits …and drawbacks?
My answer is complicated! I suppose the short version is that my writing usually starts as free for all to a certain degree, but because I love building fantasy worlds – much of the ‘unplotted’ story starts to arrange itself according to how the characters live and react to the world and the other characters within – often dictating where the plot should go.
I’m currently working on the second in the series and this is slightly different in a way where I am writing like a panster – but with limits – according to the world I have already created in book one!
The drawback of working both ways is that there does come a time where my writing branches off into the unlimited world of my imagination and clashes with the world I have written in book one and I have to wag my finger at it, tell it off and rein it back in to fit. All this whilst attempting to provide a completely new story!
In addition, I did introduce many (many) characters in book one as much of the book, although erotic, is based on a fantasy style collective group of people (Destaurian Guards) all working together to train their new Child of Destiny to fight the Pandora Witches and their mind-sucking minions. Of course, the girl being trained, is not happy about these freaks trying to make her into something she feels she isn’t. At first… (Sorry I digress!) So it’s taking all my effort not to find another character ‘pop up’ out of nowhere and make an beeline for the main story. 🙂
See, I told you my answer to this question was complicated LOL Over all, I’m an evil plotter and proud of it.
By the way, the writers expression of being a ‘panster’ conjures of the images of a me wearing a huge pair of pants – Y front style. Not an image I (or I suspect you) want to dwell on!