Okay, with a work in progress nicknamed ‘the PAR’ it was inevitable I would make that joke some time… 🙂
But yes, it is running to form for a novel of mine right now. I’m so far into the story that I’m having trouble remembering what I did in earlier chapters! Which is usually the point at which I start to create a chapter map.
I’m not sure if it’s partly because I’m back to working in a straight word-processor for this, but in reality that can only be a contributing factor; all my novels have reached a stage where it’s too big to fit in my head. Of course, because of my pantser ways, I can never be entirely sure which version of a chapter/scene I ended up doing!
Side note on being a pantser: Apparently Lee Childs is one. This gives me a weird sense of… community. It’s a bit lonely out here on the pure-panter edge, as most of my writer peeps are either pure planners or planner-side-of-the-scale plantsers.
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!
So, I’ve been doing something for a new project recently and it has involved actual planning. *gasp* Not planning on the scale that writers who are planners do, but a little bit. You know, bit of world and bit of structure.
Normally that stuff just goes on in my head, I suspect, and a less consciously. I mean I must, or when pantser-me puts pen to paper nothing coherent would come out.