As you all know, I am an unashamed “pantser”. I rarely plan anything when it comes to writing and even when I do, it barely reaches as far as “plantsing” let alone what true planners do. Now, the pantser way is not for everyone, but I do get kind of excited when a writer friend decides to try it.
As such, I’ve loved watching my friend Natalie try this way of approaching a novel. It’s been interesting to hear her experience and see what has and hasn’t been similar for her.
I guess the main commonality is the speed in writing / heavy work in editing trade-off. That’s mostly my experience of pure pantsing too.
For me, because I lose interest in a story when I plan, there’s always going to be that heavy editing associated with pantsing. Still, I can deal with that because I can get a complete draft out so fast. Somehow that reduces my mental load of “half finished” novels, even though they’re only in a “scratch draft” state.
I’m yet to see anyone turn total pantser as a result of trying it, but it is very interesting take the leap without a planning safety line!