Another update in the Author Oracle Questionnaire response series! Slowly but surely, I’m getting through all the questions. You can find the second response I gave (The Empress) here, and the original questionnaire here!
IV. The Emperor: Do you outline or plan? (You know … plotter or pantser…)
I’m a plotter, through and through. All of my books begin in a huge spiral-bound notebook where I write out the basics and all the random ideas I have for the plot. In there, I work through the book from start to finish in general sense. Afterward, I write out plots for each chapter in detail. Only then do I begin to write the story itself.
Prime example below:
It’s not that I’m not flexible with my plots, however. If something isn’t working or I need to eliminate a chapter, I’m happy to do it. I was a pantser once, but looking back on those stories, it seems to take a really long time for there to be any direction. This just works better for me.
What about you guys? Where do you fall on the plotter-pantser continuum?