Blogging Circle: Just cause it works better, doesn't mean I'm doing it.
This week’s Blogging Circle question continues my recent trend of questioning plotting vs. pantsing — Experiences plotting and pantsing, which works best for you?
Plotting works a lot better for me. Especially since I lead a pretty hectic life. Between school, Book Addicts, knitting and life in general, I don’t get a lot of writing time that allows for pantsing. At least, not if I want to finish a story without getting distracted. Lately, as continue organizing my NaNoWriMo outline (and more recently, an outline for my newest fantasy, Dragon Moon), I’m discovering that plotting is actually works best for me.
But just because it works better for me, doesn’t mean I like doing it. I still prefer to just sit and write and see what happens. I kind of like the excitement of not knowing what’s going to be written until it’s being written.
For me, however, I think pantsing works better when I’m writing a shorter novel, a novella or a short story. When I’m working on one of my fantasy wips, like Dragon Moon, plotting definitely has its advantages — especially with world building.
Check out the world map I just drew for Dragon Moon:
So which works better for me? Neither. Both.
It really just depends on what I’m working on and how I feel. 😉
Yea, I was a lot of help this week, wasn’t I? How about you? In your experience, which works best for you, and which do you prefer?