Writer Friends Challenge: Day 10 – Plotter or Pantser

It’s Day 10 of the Writer Friends Challenge!

Day 10 – Plotter or Pantser: I am 100% a plotter! When I was very young and was desperate to write something longer than a short story, I dove in with Chapter 1 of my novel. I made it into about two chapters, and then I just had no clue what was going to happen after that. I put that story aside for a shockingly long time before I figured out that writing an outline made a world of difference! That’s not to say some things don’t still happen on the fly, and I’m always happy to compensate for the changes that my characters demand, but I really love outlines. It’s like planning a road trip. You’ve got to know where you’re going! You might stop off to see something wild along the way, but how else are you going to know if you should turn right or left out of your driveway?

What about you? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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One response to “Writer Friends Challenge: Day 10 – Plotter or Pantser

  1. I plot the main points out before I write so I know what direction I’m going, but I leave a little room for flexibility and improvised scenes!

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